A Handful of Hummers

This morning I went out to the patio to feed my goldfish and fill the nectar feeders for the hummingbirds. There were so many birds that I had to take a quick video.

I have several feeders. There are three 16 oz size, a new 32 oz size, and a half dozen of the little three ounce versions that I position on a wire that extends across the porch on which hangs a string of lights. Those little feeders empty within a day. The hummers seem to like moving from ‘flower to flower’ and they take a sip from one, then the next and so on. It takes two days for the nectar in the other vessels to be consumed – so I only have to fill them every other day, which is the recommended time and it includes a rinse with clean water before I refill them. Once a week I soak them briefly in a 10% chlorine solution then rinse.

On average, my resident group of these tiny birds drink about 1.5 quarts every day from my feeders.

Here is a video that I shot today of these sparking gems: Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

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