A couple of weeks ago I put up my hummingbird feeder. The ruby throated hummingbirds sensibly spend their winters in Mexico and Central America and fly back to Ontario in May. This involves a 800 km (500 mile), non-stop flight over water from Mexico to Louisiana or Florida before they start their journey north. Incredible.
I filled the feeder with sugar water (1/4 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water) and within an hour there was a hummingbird sampling the syrup. And then another one. My neighbour has a feeder too, so there is plenty of sugar water to go round.
But yesterday someone else discovered a taste for sugar water.
She discovered that if she tipped the feeder with her weight, the liquid could be sucked out of the hole on top.
She hung on with her back feet and dangled upside down to get the treat. I don't think this was the first time she had done it, she seemed to know exactly what to do.
When she had enough, she sat on the fence and washed her hands and her sticky fur. And now I have to refill the feeder.....