One important correction should be made.
Last week’s column stated that on May 1 you should have out your hummingbird feeders. Long time area birder Clair Otis and her husband Max, who reside in Monroeton, gave me a telephone report on Saturday.
When I spoke with her on Monday she stated that the first Ruby-Throated Hummingbird was at one of their feeders on April 30.
She states that on several occasions they have had the first male hummingbirds in April. So, make a note and put out those feeders the third week in April as Max and Clair do.
We put out our feeders on May 1. The first male hummer arrived at our front porch feeder at 2:55 p.m. on May 2. I was talking to my medical professional and sitting at the desk facing Windfall Road. It was an easy and much appreciated sighting, just like the first robins each year.
Things got even better later that afternoon. After a two-mile walk around the track at the Canton Area School District, I was sitting in the garage and observed a male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak at the sunflower seed feeder. Then two male hummers buzzed the feeder on a crook post just off the back porch.
Soon, another male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak came to the feeder, equaling two at the same time. Later a female arrived.
Going back over the years with first bird sightings, it seems almost uncanny how the hummingbirds and grosbeaks come back, almost always on the same day each year.
For me it is quite interesting to record these events each year. I also record wildflower sightings, along with animals.
We had 5.0 inches of rain in Alba in the month of April.
So far, through the first six days of May, we have another .8 inches. Good for growing grass as we just finished our third mowing. Good also for the wildflowers and waterfowl.
To enjoy all the things in nature that God gives us to just enjoy, just look outside and get outdoors and observe. It is a great treat each day.