Re: Tell Me Your Most Rewarding Hummingbird Experience!
Steve Kapusta (Login kapusta) Hummingbird Member 2006 Posted Sep 29, 2011 8:52 AM
My most rewarding hummingbird experience comes from my youth. My interest in hummingbirds came from my times spent with an older gentleman who was a retired farmer. I used to work for him doing odd jobs starting when I was 12 during my summers spent at our cottage near Point Pelee. After my work was done, it was custom for us to sit down and chat with an Ice Tea and watch the hummingbirds come to the feeder that he had.
That fall we visited our cottage and had thanksgiving dinner with his family. The weather was terrible, the wind was non stop and the feeder that he had set up was swinging around constantly. The hummingbirds, eager to migrate and very hungry would try in vain to sit or feed from the air on the feeder, but because the feeder kept swinging, they couldn't land or stay with the feeder flowers. My sister and I hatched a plan to hold our coats wide open next to the feeder to create a wind break. The feeder stopped swinging and we were immediately rewarded with 25 hummingbirds flying all around us taking turns at the feeder. My sister and I held our coats like that for hours until the wind subsided that evening when it was time for dinner.
This was also the first time I saw a Rufous Hummingbird as there was a very strange brown hummingbird in the mix with the other mostly green ones. The old farmer looked it up in his bird book and we both felt that it was a Rufous. Neither of us knew why the Rufous was there, but the bird book did mention that sometimes they stray eastwards. It was either a female or immature bird.
From that point onward I was quite hooked on hummingbirds and that next year I set on making my first hummingbird garden.