Testing Some Design Tips and Talking Hummers

I’ve had this blog up now for about a month.  I was writing online at LiveJournal before that and using Life Journal software prior to that.  I’ve always had journals.  Sometimes I journal intensely and sometimes I go months without writing a word.  I always regret those periods because all those great ideas, resolutions, and snippets of good sense just get lost.  I journal intensely in times of transition.  I wrote a lot when I was going through my divorce and learning to date.  I say learning to date because I married my first boyfriend (don’t even need to say “first serious boyfriend”) when I was 21 years old and stayed in that relationship for twenty years.

We moved around a lot as he was in the Army.  I loved Alaska and found things to love in Arizona.  The thing I loved most about Arizona was the hummingbird population.  Fort Huachua is a the junction of multiple hummingbird habitats and has the most varieties in North America.  Tucson has the only aviary where hummingbirds breed in captivity (Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum).  We bought a house there and I had a porch swing where I sat most evenings watching my visitors.  Some common misconceptions about hummingbirds are that they won’t perch, that you have to stop feeding them or they won’t migrate, and that all they need to survive is sugar-water.  All of those are false.  If the feeder has a perch, they’ll stay.  If you stop feeding, they may die before they can migrate or they may have decided not to migrate for some reason and you’re now their only food source.  They need protein to survive and sugar to maintain their metabolism.

I continued you to feed the hummingbirds in Georgia and then here in Washington State for many years.  I’ve given it up over the last few years.  I live in a rural area and the predators (cats mainly) were using my feeders to catch them.  I understand the cats are acting on instinct, but I decided not to enable them.  Nectar is incredibly easy to make and hummingbirds are everywhere.  Bring sugar and water to boil at a ratio of 1/4, cool, and store.  Just make sure to change the water every 2-3 days or when cloudy.  I hope I’ve peaked your interest!

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