|Love is like a butterfly: It goes where it pleases and it pleases wherever it goes. ~Author Unknown|
But, in the opinion of the Mr. here at Chip Butter White Oak, the year has been way too big as far as hummingbirds go. He has even gone so far as to say that he will be glad when they are gone, so we can have our porch back. Well, it is true that these little red and green jewels have pretty much taken over the porch where the feeders are hanging. At times the air seems to be filled with buzzing clouds of hummingbirds.
It is a bewilderment how a little creature so small, with an average weight of only 0.12 to 0.13 ounce can consume so much. Since late March, almost six 25-pound bags of pure cane sugar have gone into the making of the sweet syrup used in the feeders. Now, at around $12 per bag, we do have somewhat of an investment in these little critters. It sometimes makes me rethink my decision to start feeding them during the drought of 2012. But, they were so hungry!
In addition to the feeders, they have also feasted on the almost endless supply of nectar from the flower gardens. Bat Faced Cuphea (Cuphea llavea) in the photos below was new to the gardens this year, and was a hummingbird favorite. It is an annual, so I hope I will be able to find it again next year.
With cooler weather bearing down upon us this evening, these little darlings will surely know that the time is drawing near for their long trip south. In 2014, the last little hummer was spotted here on October 3, with most having left the previous couple of weeks. To be sure, the porch will soon be eerily quiet and we will have our porch back. In the mean time, we will be bidding these little ruby-throated critters farewell, and wishing them safe travels. See you next year, little fellows!
|Look at that long tongue...|