Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Baby Hummingbird

I counted five hummingbirds flitting and swooping around the high and low gardens at Cedar Bluff yesterday. Some are adults; some are juveniles.

This little bird has a slight blush of the characteristic ruby red just below the base of the beak. I would identify it as a juvenile ruby throat hummingbird, but I am a novice birdwatcher.

We've had feeders placed around our property for over five years. The birds know where the feeders are and return every year.

I prepare a mixture of one cup of sugar to two cups of filtered water for them. I boil the syrup until the sugar has dissolved, cool the syrup and then fill the feeder. They love it.

Copyright 2012
Wanda Hayes Eichler

1 comment:

  1. I'm trying to attract hummingbirds. How long did it take for you to get the birds to come to your feeder? I have a cool bottle feeder which I have filled with red syrup. The red is important, correct? Any other tips?