The Hummmm of the Birds

Every summer, I put out hummingbird feeders, with limited success. My father-in-law, on the other hand, is like a magnet for them. However, he, too, said he hasn't seen may around his house this summer - until this weekend! They came back with a vengeance. Sitting on his porch Sunday evening, we got to witness the phenomenon. Their little wings sounded like a faint NASCAR race - zooming in and out, chasing each other away, hovering over our heads while they tried to decide if we were friend or foe. I imagine he had more than a dozen hanging around the house. He was telling us his food recipe, and turns out, he goes a big heavier on the sugar than I usually do. Word must be out - because it's not uncommon in the fall for his feeders to be packed like a Wanamaker restaurant on a Friday night - waiting list and all! Which got me to wondering - does their appearance now mean we're in for an early fall? Could they already be bulking up for their trip South for the winter? Let me know your hummingbird theories!

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