The much anticipated day of departure arrived on Sunday when our two remaining Hummingbirds reached flight weight. Quietly they sat at their feeders to drink deeply of the fresh nectar. Intermittently they stopped to sit as if to contemplate the long journey ahead.
This day is always bitter sweet for me – as I watch them getting ready for their first migration to South America. I always wonder if the last ones to leave will find their way back to us next Spring. As you may know, adult males fly as early as August and the females follow with all flight-ready youngsters throughout September. But there is always a straggler or two who stays too long for comfort.
This year’s Hummingbird season was again a true success. The final count shows that I used 130 pounds of granulated cane sugar to make nectar for the tiny birds. At a ratio of 1 cup of sugar to 4 cups of water I wonder how many gallons of nectar I produced.
In August and early September it seems an overwhelming task to keep the feeders filled, but my reward is always a miniature Cirque de Solely with its increadible show of flying jewels, dazzling me with air acrobatics extraordinaire.
On this sad day of parting – let me wish our beloved summer guests a good journey to the South. May you be save in your travels and return to Sontheim when Spring comes back – yet another time.