Island Life

jewels in flight

The ruby-throated hummingbirds are back

They’re so swift – their wings beat 53 times a second. (info from Cornell – a wonderful birding site)

They love red or orange flowers – or, in this case, feeders!

I make my own syrup for them – 4 cups of water to 1 cup of sugar – boil – cool. Much cheaper than buying the store-bought version.


The ruby-throated hummingbirds aren’t shy – in fact I was changing the position of one of the feeders and I was practically dive-bombed by one of them.

And since they don’t really seem frightened by humans, I just might give this a try!

Wouldn’t that be cool?

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9 thoughts on “jewels in flight

  1. I have been dragging my feet on filling my hummingbird feeder, but guess what is now at the top of my "to do list" for tomorrow?Your photos are amazing and so beautiful. That would be so cool to feed one from your hand.

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  2. The winged jewels are here too! Our hummers, the Rufous variety, make a unique metallic whistling sound when the fly; it is a loud sound one can hear easily, easpecially out in the forest. The sound stops folks in their tracks and causes much neck craning to try to see the bird. Pretty funny seeing people doing this all over the place…we all look like we suddenly went crazy!

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  3. Kathie, you got some beautful shots of the hummingbird! Amazing little creatures aren't the? I have 2 feeders hanging from the eaves on the back deck and I find the hummers are not the least bit shy this year when we are out there eating and talking. Maybe it's because our dog isn't here now I don't know. The sun is actually peeking out this morning. I don't know if it will last though as showers are still forecasted for today and tomorrow.

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  4. Lisa~A Cottage To Me says:

    I just love when I happen to see a hummingbird! I don't have out feeders, when I have I would never see them. But we have enough flowers in our yard that if you really pay attention, you'll see them fluttering around. It would be so cool to have one land in your hand to feed! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I have been dragging my feet on filling my hummingbird feeder, but guess what is now at the top of my "to do list" for tomorrow?Your photos are amazing and so beautiful. That would be so cool to feed one from your hand.

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