Anyone who knows me well knows that I am a critter lover. I have 5 dogs but all the neighbors cats think they live here as well. I maintain a 60 gallon aquarium and a 300 gallon outside pond. My main passion is birds. If I could do anything for a living it would be to study and track birds and their migration patterns and mating habits.
I am a total bird nerd. I have 5 bird baths and 5 different feeding stations. I usually see at least 40 different species of birds in my yard and that changes depending upon the season. My favorites are the hummers. We only get the ruby red throat here in TN but I have spotted a few rare ones over the years.
I have the same male and female show up every Spring and nest in the big Pine in the back yard. The real fun starts in my yard the first week of August. This is when the migration starts and I have a lot of visitors stop by on their way home. I have 20 hummingbird feeders that I clean and maintain until the end of October. Friends have already started calling asking if they are here. I have about 10 now but if they all show up like last year I expect to have up to 50 at a time. Ruby Throated Hummers have been referred to as the junk yard dogs of the bird world because they are so aggressive. When they are fighting they do not even care that you are sitting or standing right there. I have had them fly up to within 2” of my face and just hover and stare for awhile. Sitting on the front porch or back patio is like being in the middle of a bee hive.
Any other bird lovers out there? Let me know what you are seeing in your yard today or just share your birdy stories. I love to hear about the different birds in other parts of the world.