Love is in the air

2 weeks after our first male hummingbirds arrived, we are noticing lots of females around. The ever hopeful Calliope and Broad-tailed males have started dancing, displaying, and dive-bombing the females from 30 to 50 feet in the air. The girls don't seem especially impressed. They are more interested in the feeders this time of year.

Last week a kestrel pair was raising a racket in the junipers on the hillside. The male split his time between courting his mate and chasing off a red-tailed hawk. In contrast, the mountain bluebirds have quietly set up housekeeping in a bird box next to the ranch house porch.


Little Travelers

It's the beginning of the hummingbird migration. Sunday, April 19, our second bird arrived. A very noisy, dominant Broad-tailed male showed up and flashed his band. As of Tuesday night, we saw at least 2 male Broad-tails, 4 male Calliopes, and a lone female Calliope.

We were curious about what the birds could be feeding on this early in the season, so Linda and I took a walk on the hillside and spotted 10 wildflowers in bloom. I was surprised to learn that hummingbirds will also feed from Sapsucker wells in the trees. 

First bird of 2015

We are happy to report that our first hummer of 2015, an adult male calliope, arrived on Friday, April 17.  He has a band on his leg which suggests that he has returned home.  This is our earliest sighting ever. Friends in Inkom, ID have also noted that their birds are arriving early this year. Put out your feeders! Kent and Francine Rudeen