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Spring Explodes, & Hummingbird Season
May 13, 2013

This duck has decided to make the water dish her personal little pond.

For much of the past two weeks she is found in or near the dish.

A couple times a day I have (choose) to clean and refill it so the other birds and critters have something.

Oh, I have other birdbaths, but this allows for toads, chipmunks, squirrels and some birds to drink or cool off.

From time to time a boy friend is with her, I wonder why she isn't nesting somewhere.

I hope all moms and those of you that filled the rolls of mom had a blessed day.

I have been so busy the past couple of weeks, i barely have time to write (or so it seems).

Because of the cold temperatures, and then monsoons of April, I am so behind on getting things done.

I feel like I've crammed three weeks worth of stuff into one short week.

My body feels it too.

The Mini-Series on earthing had mixed results.

Maybe I came across as it being a 'Cure All'.

Grounding/earthing has many subtle and not so subtle benefits, and in this case, science backs it up.

If earthing was a 'Cure All', I wouldn't feel so sore and tired.

(Anytime we over do it or abuse our body, we pay for it.)

Then again, the untold benefits are present.

Do take some time to research the matter.

That said, I am almost caught up to where I should be this time of year.

The cold and wet Friday and Saturday did slow me down.

Spring Explodes.

After the rains, we had a stretch of days in the 70's and low 80's, with sunshine.

I'm mowing the lawn what seems like every other day.

Walks show trees and wildflowers popping up and opening almost over night.

The first week of May showed nothing.

Now, Trillium, Jack-in-the pulpit, Violets, Trout lily, Blood root, and other wildflowers grace the woodland floors.

Red-bud and Dogwood trees explode in colorful beauty.

Migration continues as well.

Thrashers and the elusive Gray catbird fill woods edge with song.

Baltimore Orioles are plentiful.

May in Michigan is a special time of year.

My favorite month of the year, hands down.

This week I will finally start planting flowers and veggies.

How are things growing where you live?

In my busyness, I almost forgot one of the most wanted birds of all.


Yes, it's Hummingbird Season in Michigan.

While many of you may have shared your gardens with hummers for the past several weeks, or like some of our friends along the Pacific Coast (Anna's Hummer) who enjoy the jewels year round, we get to enjoy them for about four to five months here in the North Country.

We mark our calendars, and make mental notes of first time visitors from previous years.

For me, May 14 seems to be the special day most years.

Feeders go out a week or two before, simply "Just In Case" there is an early visit (a wise move).

Why do we go out of our way to attract and watch these little marvels?

We are amazed that birds can be so small.

The iridescent colors that reflect in the sunlight.

We admire their almost arrogant attitude.

Their mobility and how fast they are.

We put up special feeders and plant flowers and special gardens just for hummingbirds.

You and I plant flowers and may have a special Hummingbird Garden.

there are 340 plus species of hummers are recognized, and are quite diverse in size.

Hummers are found only in the Western Hemisphere, with concentrations near the Equator.

16 or so species breed in the United States of America (maybe five species in Canada).

The only species of bird without downy feathers, yet make up for it by having more feathers per square in than any other species of bird.

Special birds with special (mad) skills.

They can fly in any direction, (even upside down).

For this, they have special Brains.

I have webpages that offer information on Hummingbird Feeders,

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly on feeders.

Also, a pretty good list of Hummingbird Flowers.

While the list isn't complete, it gives you a good idea on what to plant for hummers.

For Sugar Water,

I always increase the Octane in spring and late summer.

Hungry birds need fuel.

A formula of 3 parts water, 1 part sugar will keep them coming back.

the 1 to 4 mixture is more for your ease and a weaker potion keeps the hummers coming back more often to feed.


After a long, difficult trip, I want to offer them a high octane formula to add energy and needed weight.

Read Feeding Hummingbirds.

Eventually I will tune things down, but there is no set formula.

Many of the flowers you grow have a nectar ratio closer to the 3 parts to 1 than the 4 parts to one.

Hummers visit flowers with ratios of 50 percent, and flowers that may have a 10 percent

In reality, feeders are a supplement to what nature offers.

Besides, all of the flowers attract loads of tiny insects.

Insects that hummers really need for protein and to feed growing babies.

Well, It is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

"To forget how to dig the earth and tend the soil is to forget ourselves".

Mohandas K Gandhi

Digging the earth and tending the soil, it's in our DNA.

"By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return."

Genesis 3:19

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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