Monday, July 31, 2006

Birds and Fire

For the past couple of days we’ve been marveling at the huge number of hummingbirds and orioles that suddenly appeared at our nectar feeders — double or more our usual number. We’ve seen as many as 50 hummingbirds simultaneously buzzing around just 4 feeders. We have two windows with 4 feeders, and both sets of feeders are equally busy.

This afternoon, Debbie made the connection between the appearance of the birds and the Horse Fire — and I suspect she’s totally correct. I’ll bet you we’re hosting a few hundred hummingbirds, and perhaps a dozen hooded orioles (hooded and Bullock’s).

They’re a real treat for us to see, and I suspect we’re actually helping them survive, as well.

With just a little sugar and food coloring…

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