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Summertime in the Rockies - It's Always Something

It has been hot weather, but we've been lucky to get some monsoonal rains.

Painters are here today, applying stain to the outside of our house and we had to move the hummingbird feeders out of the way. There's about 100 broad-tail hummingbirds, and a few rufous (orange) ones taking advantage of our feeders.

We make about 3 gallons of sugar water (no red coloring) a day - about 2 pounds of sugar. We buy so much sugar every time we go to town, the grocery store people might think we're making moonshine.

This is an example of feeder guarding. "Mine" When we get an especially tenacious guard bird, we put out an extra feeder.

At dusk all bets are off on the guarding. They all load up for the night, returning at first light for another day of fun.

We also have flowers for the birds.

and they fly over the river to catch bugs.

The small trees are Colorado Blue Spruce that have grown from seeds. We have several and I'm trying to find takers for them while they are still small enough to move easily.

posted on July 25, 2022 9:10 AM ()


So how many moonshiners are in your family tree? You seem to know too much about the process…

The flowers are beautiful. Maybe you need to set up a charity or club to continue the hummingbird feeding. I bet this flock has numbers it wouldn’t without your support of them. Seems like one way to keep numbers of a species alive without the masses of flowers that would have been required.
comment by drmaus on July 26, 2022 7:50 AM ()
No family moonshiners - info came from the History Channel.
reply by traveltales on July 30, 2022 4:33 PM ()
Sure, everybody, including the hummingbirds AND plants get fed except me!!
comment by greatmartin on July 25, 2022 9:47 AM ()

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