September 20, 2017

Speaking of Hummingbirds...

Mommy was helping me with the blogs today and we say some mentions of kitties watching their hummingbirds outside.  The Island Cats told everybody great information about helping the birds and some facts about them as well.  Someone mentioned keeping the feeder up till October which made mom and I furry happy.  Wally and Ernie said yes, keep it up as they are still flying in.  And leaving the feeder out will NOT delay migration. Migration is instinct and we can't change that plus the hummers know already that food is available until the start across the Gulf of Mexico.  That is a non stop flight (truly)and why they get so bulked up before they go.  They double their weight so that they will have energy and stamina for the non stop flight across the waters.

Mommy said to tell you how she learned about leaving the feeder out the hard way.  She had taken the feeder in and disinfected it and cleaned it thoroughly and put it away after the first few days of September once upon a time. She planned to bring it back out  the following April.

  She was on midnights (she always worked a 12 hour shift rotation) and after she got home, she grabbed a bite to eat before bed  and stood out on the deck to smoke.  Mom quit some time ago--- but at that particular time she was still smoking.  A girl hummingbird flew right to her face.  And mom had not seen any activity for two weeks.  Why she took the feeder down.  The girl hummer stayed.  Mom went in the house, quickly made her some nectar and without bringing it to a boil just then (she had to go to bed as she had to get up at 3:20 PM) she poured the dissolved sugar nectar into the feeder, hung it up out there and went to bed.  Soon as she got up  she brought the rest to a boil, let it cool while she showered and got ready for work and after it cooled somewhat she stored it in the fridge.  Mommy cooked for that little girl and kept her going till the 11th of October.  She put in fresh nectar again and watched for another week to see if there were any visitors.  Only then did she take it down and re-disinfect it and ready it for waiting till April.  Since then, Mommy leaves it up till the end of September...longer if she has to.  Mommy loves them so much.

Here are two of my girl hummers.







25 comments:

The Whiskeratti said...

This is really good info. We don't much about any kind of birds, really. Hummers are cute.

The Whiskeratti said...

*know much**

William's Kith & Kin said...

Look at that little speckly girl! Our girls are quite a bit duller than that. We mainly have black-chinned hummers here, and we suppose the girls' throats are speckly but they're too busy dive-bombing each other to see!

Brian said...

We just don't see those sweet hummers down here pretty Katie.

Annie Bear said...

It's so nice of you to take care of your hummers. Years ago, when we lived in CA, we did the same thing. I made the sugar water like you do and had the same type of feeder. Your pictures are great!

SailorEdgar said...

Our hummingbird feeder will be up into October. Excellent photos!

The Island Cats said...

Hi Katie, you and your mom are so right...leave the feeder out until October. Those little birds need the nourishment. You have the same feeder as us and we love it. Not only is it easy to clean, the bees can't get to the nectar. And great pics...they're better than ours but that's okay. :)

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Oh darling Katie! I *should* have been here yesterday to answer your lonely song! ::hangs head:: But I am here now and purring with joy just to see you.
Well, you and that snack up there. ::licks chops::

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

That lady hummer really let your human know she was hungry! How nice of your human to cook for her.

Austin Towers said...

That lady hummer sure was smart! And she knew your mommy would feed her!! ❤️❤️

Anonymous said...

We just love hummers - and they do seem to be VERY smart little birds. I like to watch them and Mom made sure we had lots of beautiful flowers on our deck this year to keep them coming for visits. Your Mommy gets lots of hugs for making sure your hummer visitors have plenty of food!

Love, Teddy

Tamago said...

Your mom is so sweet to take good care of hummingbirds! They can enjoy yummy nectar and get ready to take a long nonstop flight :-)

Anonymous said...

Your mom is way nicer than mine, KI. She takes SUCH good care of those tiny birds. My mom is all, " Birds. Sweet. Whatever." Now that I think about it, if caring for birds is anything like caring for plants, those guys are better off. #RIPplants #gonetoosoon

Love and licks,
Cupcake

Madi and Mom said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh we do love our hummers and mom does all kinds of special TLC for them too. Our feeder will be up at least until October.
Hugs madi your bfff

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

This is the second post today we read about Humming Birds! I think next year our mom should put one on the fire escape.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

katie.....faaaaaaaaaa if they due knot perch in de tree in MY bak yard ~~~~~ then, they go over two de nayborz N get sum food, then they come bak ta MY yard N get sum mor perchin time in bee for ree peetin ~~~~ ♥♥♥

Terri said...

We enjoyed watching the hummers at my parents' home. They are territorial and will try to keep others away from the nectar. One year a hummer nest was found in the redbud tree. We didn't get to meet the babies, though :(

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

We like them too, ours left about 2 weeks ago. Thank you for the purrs and prayers for Phoebe, they are greatly appreciated. XO

John Bellen said...

They do hang around a while, don't they? But they know when they must go, so there is - as you write - no delaying them. (I chuckled over the hummingbirds doubling their weight. What would that make them? A quarter of an ounce?... Real muscle-bound flyers.)

Simba said...

Lovely pictures and very helpful info, Katie. Your Mommy is a true hummer BFF.

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

We leave our feeders up until we dont see any hummers for at least 2 weeks. You never know when a straggler will need a drink...

Laila and Minchie said...

We just love how your mom takes such good of your hummingbirds! We have never seen one as we aren't allowed to hang things like that out on our balcony. If we could, we would for sure.

meowmeowmans said...

We love hummingbirds, too, Katie and Mommy. What great photos you got of your two girl hummers!


Thank you so much for your loving and thoughtful condolences and purrs about our sweet baby Zoe's passing. They are of great comfort to us in this sad tie, and we are so grateful for you and your friendship. We also love seeing Zoe here on your bloggie. We bet she and Admiral and Robin and Moosey are all friends at the Bridge.

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Your mommy is very good to take such care of the hummers. They will be very grateful for her.

Marv Marvelous said...

We LOVE our hummers! Some of them stay all year here! We even had them up to the balcony feeder in our apartment in the sky last year. We did put out a feeder when we first moved here but did nt get any until just a few weeks ago, and these are the ones that are migrating. Mommy hung up the feeder but we have had no activity this week, so they must have gone south already.
Purrs
Nellie