Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Object of His Affection

The hummingbirds have been back in central Texas for about a month now. I always know they've arrived because (and I kid you not) they come looking in the windows of the house. My office has many windows, and every spring I'll be surprised by a little hummingbird, hovering at one of them as if to say, "Where's the picnic!?"
In the past, one feeder has been sufficient. While there are minor spats regarding who should eat first, they are all content to share. Not this year. This little Ruby-Throated male has set up camp on top the shepherds hook, just above the feeder. He doesn't necessarily want to eat 24/7, he just doesn't want any other birds to have any. That doesn't bode well for the little females that take a break from egg sitting to get nourishment.
So, this year is the year of two feeders. Two feeders to clean and refill. I think folks that have multiple feeders must have a special knack for cleaning them. Each one takes me about 15-20 minutes.

You'll have to click on the picture to see the little guy. He's hunkered down for the long haul. Guarding his food against marauding females is a serious task. He's just missing a tent and a pocket size TV to watch the baseball season unfold.


  1. That is too funny. I have never seen such a beautifully colored humming bird in our area. They are all a brownish grey but fun and pretty nevertheless.

  2. We had one like that out west and we nicknamed him "Toughie". We had 3 feeders out here last fall and there was always many at them. Yes they take a lot of time to clean, but I found one at Walmart that comes apart easily for cleaning out that mold. It isn't as big, but sure easier to handle. We didn't feed this spring because we kept thinking we were leaving! LOL they have been cruising by.