They’re back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

These lovely creatures returned to our front porch yesterday afternoon while we were having dinner.  I’m so glad I had the fore-thought on Sunday to get the feeders out and sterilize them.  I made a batch of feed for them and filled two feeders just in case they returned.  I watched one ruby-throated gentleman fly around the feeder yesterday afternoon for about an hour.  Last summer we had over twenty at one time and they kept me busy filling the feeders. They also keep the attention of our two cats but they’re way to quick to be caught.

I keep at least four feeders on the front porch and two in the back yard once the little travelers all arrive.  They are amazing to watch and they are vigorous fighters.  That’s the main reason I have so many feeders out.  I also have a lots of their favorite flowers growing in the yard during the summer but for the next couple months I’ll supplement their diet with my own concoction which consists of one cup of sugar to four cups of water.  I bring the mixture to a full boil for five minutes and let it cool before pouring into the feeder.  Normally, I feed them from April 15th through September 30th.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!!

Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

3 thoughts on “They’re back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

  1. we have hummers too they are funny to watch, and the cats here try to figure out when are they going to land down here on the porch where I can catch one.

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  2. I also love to watch them. When I lived in Wilmington NC we also had so many, but I don’t seem to see them that much around my home. I’ll have to get my feeders going and hope to see some this year.

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