Those are the males. The female is OLIVE GREEN above and YELLOW GREEN below. She looks very drab next to her fella. LOL
Since the last new sighting of the pair of Summer Tanagers and the big storm that came through the next day or so... most of my birds are gone or hiding out from the male Tanager. The female is Bright Yellow and the male is a brilliant ORANGE.
We had a big storm yesterday that began the night before. Lots of wind and thunder and lightening. I don't think it is a consistence that new birds are showing up within a day or so of the bad weather.
Also I was amazed to watch a male Northern Cardinal actually pick seeds from the feeders, walk over to the female and give it to her. It was a mouth t mouth exchange and absolutely fascinating.
I got rid of the hummer food I bought and went back to sugar water - 1/4 cup sugar to 1 cup boiled h2O.
They ignored the new ruby red Hummer feeder altogether. I let them finish the sugar nectar in the other two clear plastic feeders with the standard red base with yellow flowers providing access to the nectar.
Then I added the new nectar to the two old feeders.
All the Hummers left. LOL Well that will teach me. For I quickly replaced the bad nectar with sugar H2o to see if it was the nectar or if they didn't like the new feeder as well.
Hummmm they are very specific on what they want to drink, as they drank from the new glass feeder. Guess that taught me, eh? LOL
I surrendered and filled their old feeders with new sugar nectar.
Before the storm I had over 4 types of Hummer visiting my porch feeders. Even now I have Ruby-Throated Hummingbird and the Black-chinned Hummingbird... and two I haven't identified yet.
They war with each other so I need to buy another feeder allowing each clans to have their own feeder.
But, wait there is more. LOL
Yesterday as I walked out on the front porch to hang a refilled feeder - I saw... not glimpsed but actually saw Mom and Dad and a teeny tiny baby hummer who were at one of the feeders. Oh my gosh... it is so wee.
SO my yard has two feeding stations - the hummers all hang out on my front porch - and they don't care if I am out there reading, having coffee or talking on my cell. They whizz by so close to my face when chasing each other, that I can feel the breath of their passing.
Also one of the hummers I can't name actual are the nosiest hummers I have ever heard. Both male and female make a high pitched sound.
They do it when feeding all by themselves. They do it while chasing off other breeds of hummer. They do it when a gang of them are all feeding at the same time. I had 4 of these hummers - one at each nectar font. And they were all dipping their mouths in the feeder and chirping like crazy.
I have to tell you I love this place. I have always liked doing the dishes by hand, but now I love it. I also am spending more time on the front porch with a cup of coffee, or just leaning against the front door and looking through it's window.
What is making it even better is that all the Red Tip bushes along the front of the house have grown so wide and tall that my dining room window at the end of my table is 75 percent blocked off by the branches. I have a Bamboo wind chimes amid that bush. It is fascinating to watch during a stiff breeze, and listening to the wonderful clanking of its bamboo pipes.
Plus the hummers and some of the Wrens love to hang out amid its branches.
Hope you enjoyed these nature moments. I surely did. 8-)
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