[Tweeters] Hummer activity continues / Caryn / Wedgwood

Caryn Schutzler bluedarner1 at seanet.com
Fri Jan 23 11:15:56 PST 2015

Hi Tweeters -

This morning around 8am I saw the Anna's gathering fluff (FYI - it's a fluff ball from Wild Bird - they love it. I leave it out all year so it's there when they're ready. I have it hanging in a tree under a plastic dome. They also love the fluff from plant material such as Japanese Anemones (which FYI can be invasive depending on form). For several years I would see the hummers collecting this fluff but off they would go to the neighbors gardens. But the last year and now this year with the ample food supply - provided by feeders and many plants blooming in all seasons (now blooming sarcococca (smells amazing this time of year and the Robins and Towhees enjoy their berries) and Viburnum bodnantense 'Dawn', which also blooms late in the year (still blooming from November) and is also very sweet smelling) the Anna's seem to feel at home here.

So many people have had hummers nest right beneath a window with great viewing possibilities. Wish I knew how they select their nest sites. In Tucson at Tahono Chul park - I got a photo of a hummer nesting in the base of three prongs of a cactus. Talk about perfect protection! It was under the roof of one of the buildings too. Quite content.

Hopefully, we'll be able to see where this bird is nesting. It's such a fascinating thing to observe.

Caryn / Wedgwood

"My heart is like a singing bird..." C. Rossetti

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