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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

My Hummingbird Feeder

My Hummingbird Feeder

When Kevin asked me what I would like for a retirement gift, I told him I would like a hummingbird feeder.  I have always planted flowers to attract hummingbirds, but never had a feeder.  Not only would I like to help these fascinating birds out, but I figured I would now have time to watch them.

On the very first day, I saw a hummingbird on it.  I didn’t have that many more sightings for the following week, but the food was gradually going down.  Then, after about a week, the bees found it.  I think half the hive showed up, and within a day, they emptied it.  I waited a week, and then I tried it again.  That very day, they showed up and emptied it, again.

Thanks to the Internet, I found out that other people have this trouble, too.  I moved the feeder to the other side of the house and hung minto stalks on it.  Apparently, bees don’t like mint, but the hummingbirds don’t mind.  I have had it hanging up for a week, and the food gradually disappeared.  I saw hummingbirds in my flowers, but not by the feeder.  At least I didn’t see any bees.

Today, I was sitting by the window, and a hummingbird flew right over to the glass, hovered there and seemed to be looking at me.  I said, “Hello,” and it turned around and went straight to the feeder for a snack.  

Coincidence?  Probably.  Still, I like to think the hummingbird wanted me to know that he appreciated the food.
When Kevin asked me what I would like for a retirement gift, I told him I would like a hummingbird feeder.  I have always planted flowers to attract hummingbirds, but never had a feeder.  Not only would I like to help these fascinating birds out, but I figured I would now have time to watch them.

On the very first day, I saw a hummingbird on it.  I didn’t have that many more sightings for the following week, but the food was gradually going down.  Then, after about a week, the bees found it.  I think half the hive showed up, and within a day, they emptied it.  I waited a week, and then I tried it again.  That very day, they showed up and emptied it, again.

Thanks to the Internet, I found out that other people have this trouble, too.  I moved the feeder to the other side of the house and hung minto stalks on it.  Apparently, bees don’t like mint, but the hummingbirds don’t mind.  I have had it hanging up for a week, and the food gradually disappeared.  I saw hummingbirds in my flowers, but not by the feeder.  At least I didn’t see any bees.

Today, I was sitting by the window, and a hummingbird flew right over to the glass, hovered there and seemed to be looking at me.  I said, “Hello,” and it turned around and went straight to the feeder for a snack.  

Coincidence?  Probably.  Still, I like to think the hummingbird wanted me to know that he appreciated the food.

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