Monday, February 7, 2011

Attracting Hummingbirds

I've been trying to keep my hummingbird feeder in the backyard filled. Here in Oregon, we have a species that stays the winter. They're called Anna's hummingbird. They're beautiful creatures. can get cold here. What are they thinking? Wouldn't a beach in Mexico be better this time of year?

I told you that I thought they had disowned me at one point because I had stopped refilling the feeders. I started again and I noticed a few buzz by for a drink. Sometimes when I'm outside getting the mail or walking around, I hear they're soulful song. Have you ever heard their chirp? I've come to recognize it. Click here to see an amazing video of some hummingbirds and their song, as well as the sound of them buzzing around. They're amazing birds!

Since I can hear them, I know that they're around. I was feeling a little sorry for them and decided to hang some feeders in my front yard as well. Besides, from my desk I get a great view. I bought these mini feeders the other day and hung them in the front yard. The only trouble is, how to let them know I've introduced a new food source? After reading up on them online, one suggestion was to tie red ribbon near the feeder. Hummingbirds are attracted to red and they'll buzz closer for an inspection. I hope this works.

While I was outside tying them on, I could hear a hummingbird singing a song. Either that or he was up in the tree laughing at me. Either way, I hope they discover these new feeders soon!


becky3086 said...

I once put a hummingbird feeder on our porch and a half hour later we couldn't even get in the door, there were so many bees on the porch, lol, so now I can't feed the hummingbirds.