Tuesday, September 30, 2008Red Columbine - Aquilegia canadensis //www.mobot.org/gardeninghelp/images/low/B400-0503070tap.jpg
Fire Pinks - Silene virginica //courses.bio.psu.edu/bio414/jpegs/silvir.jpg or //www.sunlightgardens.com/pages/1200.html
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Last Hummingbird?Okay I really think this will be the last sighting for me this year. At 9:15 am as I was going back and forth to the car, on the way to my little ones Dr. apointment, I spotted a hummer. She was nectaring at the Agastache rupestris along my front walkway. I had just turned around from putting my DDs in the car, about to walk up the path and she saw me and flew onto the little garden fence right near the plant. I stood there for a minute just so I could watch her for a minute without scaring her off. When I started walking toward her she flew up and perched on the nearby arbor. I went in and got my camera and tried to get pictures while hiding behind the door's alcove. I don't know how people get good pictures of them. I have a very hard time and think I need to buy a much nicer camera if I want that to change. Here is my best shot and it isn't very good.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
2008 SuccessSo far......
Lychnis chalecdonica - Maltese Cross
Lonicera sempervirens - Coral Honeysuckle
Monarda didyma 'Jacob Kline'
Zinnia elegans - Red Double
Salvia transylvanica - Transylvanian Sage
Mimulus cardinalis - Scarlet Monkeyflower
Delphinium exaltatum - Wild Larkspur
Salvia microphylla - 'Red Velvet' Sage
Ruellia elegans - Scarlet Wild Petunia
Physostegia virginiana - Obedient Plant 8/20/08
Agastache rupestris - Sunset Hyssop 9/25/08
Friday, September 19, 2008
Hummingbird Migration ThoughtsI ended up seeing the hummingbird a few more times yesterday throughout the day. I haven't seen any after 4:30pm so I am wondering if they make sure they are on the move by that time. I haven't seen the birds the day after the sightings, so this also leads me to believe they leave mid-day to get to their next migration stop. The bird I saw yesterday was quite small and no red on the throat. It appeared to be a juvenille.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Last Hummingbird?I haven't seen a hummingbird since the 15th and I thought that that would have been the last sighting then, but just now I sat down at the computer and looked up out the slider door and saw a hummingbird flying away from the feeder. I just saw a hummer again at 11:39, it got chased off at first possibly by another unseen hummer. It's out there again right this second!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Last Hummingbirds?I haven't seen any hummers since the 8th but at 7:30am today I saw a female hummingbird at the cosmos. Then at 9am I saw a female about to go to Verbena bonariensis, but I was too close, so it changed it's mind and kept going. Then about 12:15 I saw two females at the Tithonia. There was a Monarch there and they were trying to chase it off. I had just walked outside and they appeared to look in my direction and fly off. I didn't see them again for the rest of the day.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Last Hummingbird?Today I saw a hummingbird about to nectar at a button type Liatris until I scared her off. I wonder if this will be my last sighting of the season.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Hummingbird EncounterToday a female hummingbird came up on the side of me while I was sitting on my deck. She just hovered there for a few seconds looking at me, then came a little closer and hovered for a second. She then backed up and chirped as she flew off. The first thing I thought was that the feeder needed changing, so I went in and made up a new batch and put out a nice clean feeder. This is around the time I stop seeing them for the season and I can't help but wonder if she was saying goodbye until next year. : )
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
BloomsJacob Kline Monarda and Scarlet Monkeyflower (Mimulus cardinalis)
Saturday, May 17, 2008
First Female Rubythroat 9:49amI am watching a female rubythroat at the feeder as I type this. She is the first female I've seen for 2008.
The hummers seemed to disappear for a few days, but yesterday and today there has been a lot of activity at the feeder. I may just have been too busy to notice them, but I think it is the fact that the first hummers I saw were still on the move north.
Friday, May 9, 2008
First Ruby Throat Hummingbird SightingI just saw my first bird of the season! It was at 11:34 am, it happened shortly after a short rain shower began. It was a juvenile male, he had the dark mask and head but no red throat. He perched at the feeder taking rests between dipping in for nectar. My feeders have rain guards, so it was probably a nice place for him to rest and refuel. I will watch to see if he returns, but he was probably still on the move.
At 12:06 pm - He returned to the feeder. He moved around more and seemed a little nervous, I think he noticed me through the window this time, because he looked in my direction and darted off. Shortly after my 4 yr. old daughter who was sitting on the couch said, " Momma a hummingbird was at the window." When I said, "Oh wow you saw a hummingbird?" She said, "He's gone now, he flew away."
12:18 pm - I don't know if I just couldn't see the red throat before, but a hummingbird just flew over to the feeder then looked right at me, flashing his ruby throat and darted off. I can't imagine I wouldn't have seen the throat though.
12:22 pm - Nope it was two different birds, because I just saw the immature male again!
1:15 pm - The adult male was almost at the feeder again. He keeps looking at me and darting off, before he even got a drink at it. This time my daughter saw him and got excited and I think her moving, scared him off.
Friday, May 9, 2008
What's in bloom the day a hummingbird returned.Things in my yard that are blooming.
Fernleaf Bleeding Heart
Things in my yard that are almost blooming.
'Little Lanterns' Columbine
Lonicera sempervirens has some buds.
Things recently purchased that are blooming.
Hanging pot of Red Petunias
Very small Red Million Bells
'Sophia' Yellow False Indigo
Things blooming in neighborhood.
Lilacs are just starting to open.
Buckeyes are budded.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
2007 SuccessHere are the plants I actually saw hummingbirds visit in order of most to least. This could be due to which flowers I looked at more. The Tithonia and Zinnia I think I saw them at more due to the fact that there were lots of butterflies on them and I'd see the hummers trying to chase them off!
Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline'
Tithonia rotundifolia 'Torch'
Coral Bells Red
Monday, July 31, 2006
Audubon International Fact SheetI found this fact sheet from Audubon International helpful for selecting native plants that attract hummingbirds. It also has some cultivated plants listed as well. //www.auduboninternational.org/e-source/pdfs/WHM-%20Hummingbird%20Plants-%20Northeast.pdf
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