This is a wonderful time of the whole year for me and many other folks.
We just finished our first grass mowing on Monday. The low temperature that morning was a cold 24 degrees. Sort of slows down our thoughts on flower beds until at least mid to late May. The hard frost stunned some of our Bleeding Heart flowers and Iris. They will rebound.
This is the time to get out your Hummingbird feeders. We only have one species of hummingbird in the northeast, the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird. The males come into our area first; just like a lot of migrating birds. The earliest we have seen them at our feeders is May 2; although some folks have reported seeing the first males the last week in April.
It is best to have at least two feeders if possible and to put them where the dominant male cannot see both at the same time because he will harass other males and even females as they return.
We have one feeder on a staff just off our screened-in back porch and another on a hook on the front porch. Both have advantages to us for viewing. Since our insurance agency is in our home, we have one office for taking and making telephone call that faces Windfall Road and our front porch area. Sightings are easy to see and they occur often throughout the day.
The backyard hummingbird feeder location is perfect because it is in shade much of the day. The 4 to 1 combination of sugar and water spoils quickly in the hot summer sun. It is also a great place for us to observe these wonderful little birds as we sit on our glider with coffee each morning.
It is hard to know just how many hummingbirds that nest and feed on our property. We do see a lot of males chasing each other, seemingly just for fun after mating season ends in May. The most males we have seen at one time are three, maybe four. They are a great delight to us and our so many creatures that God has given to us to enjoy.