Wednesday, September 20, 2006

See you next year!

hummingbird at feeder

This summer some raccoons began making nightly visits to our yard. They would polish off any of the uneaten food in our squirrel feeders along with anything else they could find, including the uneaten hamburgers accidentally left on the grill by my nephew one night.
It didn't take them long to discover the hummingbird feeders. I came out one morning to find all 3 feeders on the ground, with a couple of the little plastic yellow flowers ripped out. After that, I started taking the feeders inside each night. Twice I forgot, and both times I found all of them on the ground the next morning.

The problem with bringing the feeders in each night, was that I needed to put them back up each morning ... early! In midsummer, the hummers would arrive at about 5:45 looking for their morning sugar-fix. Usually I would drag myself up at 5:30 to put the feeders up, then crawl back into bed. If I overslept, the quiet, unobtrusive hummer peeping outside the screen was my alarm clock. As the daylight hours shortened, I was able to "sleep-in". By Labor Day, the hummers weren't arriving until almost 7am.

Well, now the season is over. It's been over a week since I've seen a hummingbird... I'll put up the feeders for a few more days, I'm just not bothering to get up at the crack of dawn to do it.


Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

Thank you for the link Susan! :)

Susan said...

You're welcome!

LauraHinNJ said...

Raccoons? Well at least it's not bears!


I haven't seen a hummer in weeks. A lot of people keep their feeders up hear until December on the chance that a wayward migrant might show up.

Susan Gets Native said...

At least you can sleep in a little!
Our yard is so empty without the tiny buggers zooming around!

Susan said...

Laura, that's exactly what I told my husband - "at least it's not bears!"
Susan - Once I took down the sugar feeders, I had some empty shepherds' hooks on the deck. On one I hung (yet another) bird feeder with sunflower seeds in it - tons of bird action during the day and at night - you guessed it - raccoons! So now we're bringing that in each night. But I'm making no special effort to get up early to re-hang it - the titmice and chickadees have lots of feeders to choose from.