Monday, July 27, 2009

A Tale of Flutterbies and Bumminghirds

You'd think with all these blooms and butterflies, we'd have tons of hummingbirds, too. So far, we've changed nectar, changed feeders, and changed locations, twice. Still nothing. Oh, they're flitting all around us; in the bushes; in the flowers; we even spotted one investigating the garage! Any suggestions?

Crepe Myrtle

Moving Hummingbird feeder...again

Maybe this spot will work!

My favorite butterfly bush.

If you look real close, you'll see him peeking out from behind the elephant ears! And, before you ask, HE has the green thumb, not moi.
Coming Soon! Cynthia's Attic: The Magician's Castle


Melissa said...

Interesting that you're having this problem, too. We put up a feeder for the first time this year and I think we've only had two hummingbirds that are regulars... Last year, my parents had two feeders and you would sometimes see up to 8 or so at each one at the same time!! This year, not so much. Wonder if something has happened to the hummingbirds?? :-(

Mary Cunningham said...

I hope they're not disappearing, Melissa. We've seen 4 or 5 flitting around the bushes and flowering plants, but not the feeder.

Oh well. We may be moving it again. Thanks for the comment.

Eileen Williams said...

Sorry, I don't know a thing about hummingbird feeders. Many of my friends are into gardening and know a lot about such topics. However, I appreciate them as a total novice. But, I did want to comment on your beautiful home and garden. What a lovely setting for a writer and her hubbie with the green thumb to do their thing. Hope the hummingbirds come back soon to enjoy it!

Zan Marie Steadham said...

I gave up on the feeders. We had birds...and ants...and bees. We just have plenty of flowers that they love. The lantana and crepe myrtle do the trick. Add in impatiens and they are feasting.

Mary Cunningham said...

Thanks, Eileen. It is a beautiful spot, but too big for us, so if anyone out there wants a really great 5-bedroom home in West I have a home for you?!?!?

We're still hoping they'll take to it, Z.M. but may give up soon. We have tons of flowers they seem to love, too.

Crystal Clear Proofing said...

Unfortunately, as I have gardens literally surrounding my home, I have had NO hummingbirds this year!? (Of course, I haven't had any of those pesky Japanese beetles either....).

Mary Cunningham said...

I guess it's a trade-off, Crystal. I'd rather NOT have the Japanese beetles. Let's hope nothing is happening to the hummingbirds, though.

Thanks for stopping by!

Chester Campbell said...

Glad to hear we aren't alone. We normally have hummers zooming around our feeder next to the deck every few minutes. This year we see one once or twice a day. We have more blooms around, too. Maybe they took a wrong turn coming out of Mexico (I live in Nashville).

Mystery Mania

Darla Sue Dollman said...

Hummingbirds are in trouble according to "World of Hummingbirds" website, but they're also migratory birds who instinctively know when their food sources are not growing well. They don't migrate in flocks and each species has a different pattern. Some species only go back and forth in small areas following food patterns. We use small, clear feeders and do not color the water. I mix a cup of sugar with four cups spring water. We have four feeders on all sides of the house and by our back door and they're swamped with birds all day that even buzz us when we're standing nearby--not too shy. We had lots of rain this spring and have lots of flowering shrubs, in spite of summer's drought. I've seen every variety you can imagine. If you love hummers, move to Texas, Mary!

Mary Cunningham said...

I saw one today, Chester! We do have a pair around the house that come right up to our kitchen window. This one took several big drinks, so I was thrilled!

Hope you can get a picture of all your hummingbirds, Darla! Doubt we'll ever have that many, but I hope and pray the little guys recover and thrive again.

Darla Sue Dollman said...

I do, too, Mary. I am also concerned about the lizards, frogs and toads, who are also disappearing due to a mysterious disease. And I am absolutely nuts about your house and your garden! Do you think you could move it to the Texas Hill Country???

Mary Cunningham said...

We're probably going to stay in the midwest, Darla. If anything, we'll move farther north to be closer to the kids, but, weather-wise, we love the mild temps in West Georgia.

Your place looks amazing, too!