Thursday, February 16, 2012

How to watch hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are a lot of fun to watch and fairly easy to attract to your garden. A hummingbird feeder will make seeing them more likely. As far as hummingbird food, I like to simply use sugar and water. I dissolve 1/2 cup sugar in 2 cups hot water, allow to cool to room temperature and fill my feeder. 
It helps to have a 30 foot avocado tree that hummingbirds are known to hang out in but it's not necessary.
It also helps to have flowers nearby that hummingbirds like. This is a sun orchid and Kalanchoe delagoensis.     

I put my feeder on one of the lower branches of the avocado tree. When I want to watch the hummingbirds eating and frolicking, I  make some time on a beautiful afternoon towards dusk.

I sit in one of the incredibly comfortable chairs my dear friend gave to me and relax in front of the feeder.

I express gratitude to God and to the person who planted this amazing tree half a century ago while I wait for the hummingbirds to show up.

I also tell Gidget to stop hunting the hummingbirds, explaining that she doesn't have a chance.
I wait for the clicking sort of chirping sound that hummingbirds make and then sit back and enjoy the show.

This post is dedicated in loving memory of T.G.S. - you are dearly missed. 

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