These creatures are incredible. I put out my feeder and sure enough they have returned. I make up a mixture of 1 part sugar to 3 parts water and feed them spring through the late fall. I never tire of watching them dart around. Did you know they can fly up, down, forward, backward, sideways, upside down, and up to 60 miles an hour. They can be aggressive, I have watched then chase big birds away from their territory. They feed constantly, some summer days I use up to two quarts of sugar water. It's important to keep the mixture fresh, changing it every four or five days. I am jealous of their high energy level. I bet they have all their projects done.
It was so nice to wake up to the sounds of spring this morning, thinking that I would be carried down river with all the rain last night. I opened my eyes to bright sunshine and listened to the sounds of birds. Whatever horrible, self loathing, pitying thoughts I had about my life, work, family, ability to get things done, messy closets, unfinished projects, not started projects, were instantly gone. I now had visions of lazy summer days. I was tan and 10 pounds lighter ,serving cocktails and hors d'Oeuvres on my porch. Kayaks paddled by and Jack Johnson was playing softly in the background. My gardens were in full bloom, and I had created a beautiful circular herb garden with a bird feeder in the center. My work was all caught up and I could spend the next day painting along the river. " GET UP Michele " said B.C.. Oh, no, was I dreaming? But I peaked outside and it was sunny and they were back - the hummingbirds.