Monday, August 6, 2012
Summer time is “hummer-time” at my house. Hummingbirds, that is. Those scrappy little moth-sized birds are one my favorite things about summer.
We don’t get lots of hummers here. Most years just a couple of pairs take up residency in our vicinity. A good year is when we host 3 couplets of the tiny birds. That is until early August.
That’s when the kids join mom and dad sucking free sweets from my plastic flowers. Since hummers only raise 2 babies each year, once the juvies join the party, the flock doubles. Maybe there are some cousins, uncles or aunts showing up as well. Maybe just having twice as many makes it seem as though the feeder is 10 times as busy.
Hot weather certainly boosts their metabolism and causes them to drink more. I love it.