Thanks for the kind words on the photo. It isn't the best, but I was just lucky to have had the camera in my hands at the time. I must be the only person left in the world who doesn't have a camera phone! I might need to look into that solely for the camera.
I am so very lucky to have so many hummmingbirds year round here. I have been hummingbird obsessed since I saw my first one in the mid-90's. I only attracted a few and was happy. We moved to this house in Winter of 2006 and didn't see any until the next spring when we had a few. The neighbor's were interested, I'm pretty sure they thought I was nuts, and said that we didn't have any around. Slowly, the population grew and the neighbors became more interested and more houses than not in the neighborhood have feeders out now.
Most of them don't feed through the winter like I do. The belief that they need to leave and feeding them makes them stay. Our Anna's are year round residents and don't leave.
Last year, the population exploded! I'm filling 6 16 oz feeders daily and it has become somewhat of a chore! The old saying of being careful what you wish for.....I do love them so, though. I always have food cooling on the kitchen counter and a kitten with a wicked sweet tooth who is always trying to drink it. I try to hide it from him!
I really find this interesting. Do we have so many more birds because of us feeding them or is there something else driving the population increase?
I also find it very interesting find that Western species use the fountains more and wonder what is the basis for this? I envy the shallow pond that you have Kathi and I am glad the hummingbirds visit it.
Sorry Steve that your pump gave out. I have heard that you can buy a replacement pump from the fountain company, but I suspect that you might get a better deal somewhere else on a compatible one.
Has anyone made the fountain out of the oil drip pan and the pump that I saw on here I few months ago? I would like to try it and just wondered if anybody had an feedback on it.