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Vetsy is my nickname that my family have fondly called me since my childhood. My blog reflects my personal views about the world around me. My topics may be anything that interest me but the majority of it is about my favorite past times...nature and gardening. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment or becoming a follower.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

To catch a Hummingbird

Above: Madevilla vine

Hummingbirds fascinate me beyond words. I fell in love with them several years ago during one of our family reunions in South Carolina. When I got back home I bought hummingbird feeders and placed them in my backyard near the Weigela bushes... because, once in a blue moon I would catch one feeding from their blooms. Days turned into weeks and weeks turned in to Month; The Hummers were a No show that year.

   The following year I did some research and learned to plant the flowers that hummingbirds liked. Mexican Zinnia's was a hit and so was Mandevilla's and although the hummers would only sip for just a second and zip..I was happy to catch sight of a few. I saw at least 4 before the summer was over.

Here in my new town (South Carolina)  I have tried to do the same. I bought a Mandevilla and placed it on my patio a month ago... No hummers showed up..... But  yesterday..Walla! 

I spotted a  female hummingbird hovering around my Mandevilla... However for some reason it didn't hold her interest and she flew off...But the sight of her excited me enough to go out and get a feeder. Later around 6pm the same day... I got a visit from a male hummer...Yahoo! The following day three more visits between 8am and 6pm.

 Now if I can just find the time to catch a photo of a hummer at my feeder...It would be the icing on the cake.... Stay tuned.

 P.S. Male hummers are smaller than the female.

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  1. I am sure that you catch a humming bird because as they are eating they stay in the same spot for several seconds, so keep you camera close at hand near the window. What do you put in the feeder? I mix 3 parts water to 1 part sugar, but the hummers don't seem too impressed. They prefer the zinnias near by. Any suggestions? Glad to see you posting again.

  2. You will get some photos of these wonderful tiny creatures. Just be patient.


  3. Ann: I bought hummingbird food that comes pre-mixed.I could not find any zinnia's, they were the first thing that I looked for. I'll keep searching.

    FlowerLady: You're right it will take a little time and patience. Thank you ladies for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  4. I've never managed to catch a photo of a hummer. They move too fast. They like all flowers with a bright tube shaped flower. :o)

  5. Casa..They sure do. I've tried all morning long. I also happen to have a couple of very shy ones that visit, and any movement or noise no matter how slight they notice and zip away!

  6. I have hummers, they love my petunias on the deck. I never have my camera on hand, so I've never been able to get a picture. I may put up feeders next year. I need to do some research on their habits.