This year’s humming-bird season is off to a very slow start and I am saddened by the fact that to date only six girls and three boys have made it back to Sontheim. This is a far cry from the multitude that left Sontheim last autumn to travel to their winter places as far as South America. Judging by the activity at the feeders as the birds were getting ready to migrate, I estimated between 80 and 100 hummingbirds. Sadly, only the few have made it back to our safe haven in Wisconsin.
As you can see from the above picture, the birds that made it back are healthy and full of energy. This little guy always hovers at the feeder which is unusual. Hummers like to sit and drink deeply – but not this little guy. If I recall, he is one of the chicks that was hatched late last summer. At that time I was not able to determine that it was a boy. But here he is in his full glory.
The girls, on the other hand, have no compulsion to hover. As you can see from this series of pictures, the girls like to sit and even share the same feeder. First there was one who was joined by a second.
Then there were three girls…
And finally they were joined by a fourth. All drinking peacefully from the very same feeder.