I didn't expect the hummingbirds 2 yrs ago, it was cold outside...I was weeding,planting etc. Suddenly.I heard this buzzing around me...I thought it was a bee lol, I jumped ,screamed & batted the bee I thought; lol it was my female hummingbird ,she just returned & was loving me, saying hello, and I thought it was a bee. :( Poor baby , I batted her way way up & over the house lol,sad but true...needless to say,she never came near me again, she kept her distance lol Funny thing here is this..I change the nectar everyday if it is hot outside & every other day if it is cooler...I change the sugar water every 5 days if it is hot out........well, the bees know...and there can be many bees gathered around the feeders & flowers, when they see me come out...you got it....they leave!!! Amazing but true..........isn't it funny too to watch the bees & the hummingbird do like the chacha over a feeder?? lol hahahaha Fox Gloves oh ya, I bought them & planted them 2 yrs ago, and they were loaded all the time with bees inside the flower,ants too, needless to say, the hummingbirds avoided those flowers. So , I dug them up & did away with them :( I already have 3 sugar feeders up & 1 nectar feeder.........man it is way too early,too cold brrrrrrr. But , I know the large hummingbirds come through early,and they know where to get a shot of energy !!! So, I am faithful, each year...April feeders go up,and now & then I do see the large ones fly by for a drink. Well, that's all for my lunch chat tonight.......Joan
One day I noticed this tiny fluttering in my butterfly bushes!! I was so surprised...oh wow!! a hummingbird !!! I hurried out to get the feeders, I bought 8 feeders , now that is enthusiastic!! lol, then I bought the nectar yup you got it, 8 bottles !!! Plus the powder mix & 3 bags of sugar, as my neighbors said, oh mix sugar water for them, they need that energy.Thus my sugar babies. What is interesting...those little buggers know us!! they flutter … more
They are among the smallest of birds, and include the smallest extant bird species, the Bee Hummingbirds. They can hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings 12–90 times per second (depending on the species). They can also fly backwards, and are the only group of birds able to do so.Their English name derives from the characteristic hum made by their rapid wing beats. They can fly at speeds exceeding 15 m/s (54 km/h, 34 mi/h).