We put up the hummingbird feeders five days ago, and the hummingbirds showed up within a couple days. Today I got some photos, while sitting on the deck a few feet away. This is a male ruby-throated hummingbird, and a female came around as well. It is rather marvelous that they can find these feeders, considering the length of their travels.
Hummingbirds migrate to and from central America where they spend the winter, usually in the same place that their ancestors did. They fly alone, not in flocks, and instinctively know where to go. Isn’t that incredible? Hummingbirds have an average life span of 3-5 years, so maybe these are the same hummingbirds as those who found the feeder we put up last year, before we had the roof on the deck. Or maybe they are descendants. Now we have two feeders, and they’ve already used both. Hummingbirds are very territorial, so I wonder if we’ll see others, or these two will claim it all for themselves.
Margy got a new hummingbird feeder for us! I put it up today, plus our old one too, attached to opposite sides of the beams on our new roof on the deck. I hope we aren’t too late to catch the migration–we used to put out the feeders when the viburnum near our door (in North Yarmouth) started blossoming, the first week of May. We’re still figuring out the best timing for here in Portland. I’ll let you know when we see any.
In the meantime, lots of watering to do, and I also divided some comfrey and some oregano to take to the Plant Swap tomorrow at the Resilience Hub. Last year we got all of the companion plants we needed for our cherry trees. The comfrey and oregano seem like basically fool-proof plants, and grew abundantly in the food forest. So I was confident enough to take some out to share. This year, I hope to find some kale seedlings, perhaps, and just see what might be there. Maybe elderberry starts? It has been a beautiful day in the garden.