Feed the Birds

By , April 25, 2013

When Michelle stopped by her office in town before catching the ferry south, she got buzzed by a humingbird.

We’d been expecting their imminent return. I had seen a few shadows over the weekend that might have been hummingbirds. After getting buzzed, Michelle asked me to fill and hang the feeder when I got home.

No problem. We’d been moving the feeder out of the way all winter, hadn’t we?

Apparently not. I searched all over for the thing, but couldn’t find it. I even found its base, but not the glass bottle that held the homemade nectar. I called Michelle and asked where I should look, but I’d already checked the places she suggested—many of them more than once.

I tried not to worry about it. But, I wouldn’t be allowed off the hook.

We're open for business: The new hummingbird feeder (Photo: Mark Zeiger).

We’re open for business: The new hummingbird feeder (Photo: Mark Zeiger).

That evening, as I sat at the dinner table, a hummingbird appeared right outside the window at my shoulder. It appeared to peer in at me through the window.

“Please, Sir,” it seemed to beg, “may I have some nectar?” I know they don’t need the hummingbird feeders people put out for them, but the poor things have recently traveled thousands of miles to get here. A snack seems like a neighborly thing to offer.

The next day, I went to town. I had other errands, but I made sure I took the time to purchase a new feeder.

Our main feeder is old and decrepit. We’ll get several more years out of it once we find it again, but so many hummingbirds spend their summers on our property, a second one will not go amiss. After all, the voracious little hunters spend much of their stay eating the mosquitoes that swarm around us. Now is not the time to get stingy with the nectar!

5 Responses to “Feed the Birds”

  1. Linn Hartman says:

    That feeder looks mighty familiar. Saw our first hummingbird yesterday. I will tell them if they get up your way to look you up. You will have dinner ready.

  2. Judy says:

    Do you have your own recipe for making nectar and/or do you buy it at the store like I do here in Northern California? Just an observation, since you are Home Alone, that hummingbird outside your window at dinner time just knew you needed some companionship. Perhaps though Michelle sent it (the bird).

  3. Rona says:

    This is good to know. I don’t think i would have thought of it. In Texas, where I’m from, the Purple Martins eat the mosquitoes. I am coming up the first week of June, to spend my summer on property I bought on Chilkat Lake. I will get a feeder to hang in the yard. I’ve been following your blog for over a year. I learn a lot, and enjoy your conversations very much.

  4. Mark Zeiger says:

    Rona, is mosquito control why people in the south make martin houses? I’d understood they somehow kept crows out of gardens. No idea where I picked that up.

    Hummingbirds and chickadees are apparently very good at controlling biting insects.

    I’ve seen friends’ photos of places up on Chilkat Lake. I’ve been as close as the landing, but no farther yet. It looks really nice up there!

  5. Mark Zeiger says:

    Judy, what a lovely idea! Thank you so much for that.

    We make our own nectar. Maybe that should be the subject of tomorrow’s post?

    Mark

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