The hummingbirds are getting ready for their big migration South. The last two weeks have been a non-stop effort of cooking sugar water, filling feeders, swapping out the empty ones, washing them in sudsy water to get them ready for the next re-fill.
I have used 150 ponds of sugar this year and will give a final count after the last hummer has left in September or early October. As of today I have nine feeders going at all times which amounts to about twenty cups of sugar water. Last week I had to fill them twice a day – and yes, it is a lot of work – but I would not have it any other way. The rewards are great and our home has become a haven for these feisty little birds.
Our white tailed hummer is doing well. She shows up at the feeders throughout the day and can be spotted easily. I consulted the website http://www.hummingbirds.net/ to see if I can learn more about her coloration. Much to my delight I learned that indeed, over the years, albino hummers have been sighted throughout the country. But Albino she is not, its just her tail that’s white.