Saturday, April 5, 2008

New Thing #85--For The Birds

There was an article in the newspaper a couple of days ago about the yearly migration of hummingbirds into our area. According to humingbirds.net, the first bird in our area was seen on March 28th.

I enjoy watching birds, but have never gone out of my way to attract them to our yard by feeding them--unless you count the Cub-Scout created bird feeder that lasted a week, or the pine cones with peanut butter and birdseed the boys would bring home from preschool every winter. This year I decided to feed the hummingbirds by using a hummingbird feeder.

When I went to the store I was overwhelmed by the variety of feeders available. I bought an inexpensive bottle feeder; if it turns out I can indeed attract hummingbirds I'll buy a better one. We have a redbud tree in the backyard which you can see from the kitchen window, so I hung the feeder from one of it's branches.

I made artificial nectar from sugar and water and put a bit in the feeder. Since there's no leaves on the tree yet, the red color on the feeder really stood out. It attracted my attention; we'll see if it attracts the birds'.

1 comment:

  1. We occasionally have a hummingbird come through our front yard, but mostly it's jays and mockingbirds. I put nuts in our pear tree in the backyard and watch the squirrels come and feed on them. When the nuts run out, the the squirrels sit on the fence and yell at me.