As you may guess from this hummingbird photograph, I have been off on my travels again, writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services).
Famously, hummingbirds of many species and colours hover at jungle flowers in tropical parts of South America. However, it is not so widely realised that these diminutive sprites can be found in North America, even as far north as Canada where I have seen them myself. Most recently this female was one of the regular visitors to a hummingbird feeder in a Nevada garden.
Hummingbird feeders are basically upside-down bottles containing a mix of sugar and water to replicate nectar. I understand there are many folk in city-centre skyscraper apartments who hang these feeders on a balcony and look forward all year to spring and autumn migration times when hummingbirds will turn up as if out of nowhere to refuel before departing on their constant travels.
Hummingbirds have a fairy-like delicacy and motion which greatly appeals to humans, especially those cooped up in cities.
I imagine life would be quite empty for some of these folk if not for the twice yearly appearance of “their” hummers. On previous wildlife travels in the south and central Americas I have been lucky enough to watch some gorgeous species of hummers in some equally stunning places.
Perhaps that is what I like most about this family – they have me dreaming of far-off jungles and forests. Perhaps the same dreams of those hummingbird fans in their city blocks?