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Hummingbird feeder update– New feeder arrived, took down old feeders and hung new feeder last Friday morning. Filled feeder with a fresh batch of sugar water (1 part sugar to 4 parts water, 2 cups water 1/2 cup sugar makes 1 pint feeder mix).
Hummingbirds seem happy with the new feeder and after 3 days, No Bees hanging around the feeder. Will buy more of this type feeders.

Today we hit 93 degrees F(33.9C). Spring rains are still staying 100+ miles north of my tiny garden moving east into Arkansas and Missouri. I’m still watering each tree and vine for 1 hour then moving on to the next plant. Sad smile… by the time I get all plants well watered it will be time to start the process over.

Daughters little 8 foot X 20 Foot garden space is filling up and looking really good. (Click photo to Zoom in).

Bamboo(year 2) and Cannas are doing well.
Cannas will soon be in full bloom and with luck Bamboo will reach it’s advertised height of 25 feet tall.

PS. Chiggers are active and doing well. 😦

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Cheap Entertainment. Hummingbirds In The Garden.

Top Secret Manhattan Hummingbird Project.

Every year I tell myself I need to do more to attract Hummingbirds to the garden but fail to follow through.

(1). This year I have purchased 2 – Honeysuckle vines to plant near the area where I hang my feeders.
(2). I have ordered a different ‘style’ feeder. It makes claim to have bee guards on the feeding ports and is equipped with a perch so the birds can land and feed verses chasing a swing feeder in the wind in an attempt to feed.

Grin… I must be easily entertained.

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Birds Of A Feather – Don’t Flock Together

At the end of March I had 6 pair of Purple Martins hanging around my new martin House and about the same number of Hummingbirds visiting my feeders. Then we had 3 or 4 days of cool rainy days and winds gusting to 60+ mph and all but 1 Hummingbird and 1 pair of Martins moved on to a more hospitable home site.

I have one lone Hummingbird coming to my feeders now. O-where have all the Hummingbirds gone? It seems that I now have only one pair of Martins nesting here this year. That’s the way it go’s some years. Maybe I have better luck next season.

serveimage WX guy is still saying we may be in for some severe thunder storms late this afternoon, but the good news is that as of this morning it looks like I will be on the west edge of the severe storm area. They say that some areas may see 80 mph winds and hail the size of softballs! Grin… one hailstone that size will demolish my new Martin house.

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Nipped In The Bud!

After more than a week and a half of day and night time temperatures 20 to 25 degrees above normal, many fruit trees will be ‘nipped’ in the bud next week when temperatures return to our more normal February temperatures.

A few apple, cherry, peach and pear trees have been fooled into budding and blooming a full 45-60 days early this year. Tiny Garden’s ‘normal’ frost/freeze date is the 10th of April.

Bamboo update: Bamboo planted last December is looking pretty good. It has survived our coldest weather of the year with only a few freeze damaged leaf’s.
Son-n-law (Monday) dug and transplanted 3 or 4 Sea cane roots to form a wind break protecting his back(north) door from our cold north and northwest winds.
Mmmmm… I’m not sure but locally it is called sea(see) cane, however I really think it is Arundinaria a bamboo native to the Americas and not a true cane species.
Be it cane or bamboo it grows 8 to 15 feet tall with a nice decorative late summer bloom and will form a dense clump of 1 to 1 1/4 diameter canes.

Window bracket and Hummingbird feeders.

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Poco D. Horse called the cops to report a missing pair of shoes.

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Hummingbirds That May Be Seen In your Area (North America)

green violet ear FYI, I make no claim to be any kind of expert in identifying the numerous bird species I see at my feeders during winter, spring migrations, summer and fall migrations.

I was amazed to find that in my area of southwest Oklahoma, I have 6 different confirmed Hummingbird species that visit southwest Oklahoma during their spring migration north / fall migration south and as spring/summer/fall resident birds.
I’m going to pay closer attention to the Hummingbirds and keep a list of species I can identify that have visited my feeders.

Know species that have been seen and confirmed in Oklahoma.
* Anna’s
* Black-chinned
* Broad tailed
* Calliope
* Ruby-throated
* Rufous
* Green Violet-ear²

A State listing of Hummingbirds is to extensive to post here.
However Hummingbirds net Has a nice North American – State by State listing of Hummingbird species you can expect to see in your state. {List includes Canada}.

Hummingbirds.net has a short description and picture of both Male and Females to assist you in identifying birds that come to your feeders.

²Green Violet-ear can be seen in the highlands of the American tropics, from Mexico to Bolivia, Green Violet-ear is a dark green hummingbird and is commonly seen in forest clearings and edges for forested areas.
* Green Violet-ear is apparently somewhat nomadic, moving around mountain ranges, some wanderers may been found in many USA states every year.
** Green Violet-ear has been recorded many times in Texas, the species has also appeared in scattered locations from coast to coast and north as far as Canada.

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Hummingbirds Have Arrived

Middle of February and I have seen the first wave of hummingbirds arrive. Many will continue migrating north to their spring/summer feeding and breeding areas.
Planting long neck flowers will attract and feed hummingbirds in your garden.

I should start seeing the arrival of more hummingbirds, purple martins, house finch and of course the ever present english sparrows at my feeders and bird houses placed around my tiny house and garden.

If you don’t have a hummingbird feeder, consider getting at least one. Not only do hummingbirds serve as pollinators for some flowers, they also eat a great number of small flying insects (mosquitoes for example). Besides everything else they are a fun and are enjoyable to watch as they come to your feeders.

Contrary to popular belief, red colored sugar water is not needed to attract hummingbirds to your feeders. Make your own cheap and easy hummingbird feeder solution by mixing 1 party sugar to 4 parts water, heat until water reaches near boiling temperature, remove from heat, stir until all sugar has dissolved. Cool and fill your feeders. Store any left over in an air tight container.
Hint: Do not boil your sugar water. It will turn into a thin syrup, not good as a Hummingbird feed.

Empty feeders every 2 or 3 days if birds have not consumed all your feed. Wash with warm soap water, rinse to remove all traces of soap, refill with fresh sugar water.
DO NOT use honey in your feeders. Honey will cause a bacterial infection on hummingbirds beaks and this will kill your Hummingbirds.

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Where Have All The Hummingbirds Gone?

About 10 days ago I made a batch of sugar water(1 cup sugar, 4 cups water) and hung my Hummingbird feeders. Before dark I had 2 pair of Ruby Throat Hummingbirds finding and feeding from my new feeders.

Then the next day I had the start of a few days of overcast, cooler weather. Hummingbirds must have gone back to Mexico, They because they are no longed feeding at my new feeders! However I do have 4 or 5 pair of Eurasian Doves coming twice a day to feed, a few Red Wing Black birds and a pair of Red birds.

It’s almost mid-week and the sun is shining, temperature is bumping 80 degrees, but the west wind is holding steady at 30 mph gusting to 35 or 40 mph. Not really a nice day to garden.

On the brighter side, many of the onion sets I planted in my patio pots are shooting bright green shoots skyward. A few Radish seeds and Beet seed have germinated and are showing the promise of making a fresh spring time salad. Fresh green onions, radish and beets. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Pear, Apple, Cherry, Peach and Apricot trees are in full bloom every where you look. Mesquite trees are setting bugs. Mesquite trees seldom get fooled and get hit with a late freeze. So, taking my lead from my old Mesquite tree. Today sweet corn will be planted. Early planted corn has a better chance of avoiding being attack by ear and root worms.

The wheat and cereal rye seed son-n-law drilled (8 acres) in late last fall is up and providing good grazing for our livestock. I had almost decided that we had not received enough rain for get a crop up. But I think that slow melting be had in late January did the trick.

I’m off like a shot in the dark. Corn seed in hand.

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