Chirp, Hum, Whoosh!

We have at least four zipping, iridescent and adorable hummingbirds in our gardens. I’ve been trying to catch a photo of them for weeks, but they are too fast. They perch just outside our kitchen window on hydrangea branches, but I can’t get a good picture from inside.

They sit on the side of the feeder to take a break; a perfect photo if I could get closer. They perch on the top of our feeders to guard the raw cane sugar water my husband treats them to (he loves them), but as soon as I move for my camera, they buzz off with a chirp. I could settle for a zoomed in, blurry photo, but it just doesn’t do them justice.

When I was growing up, I remember the hummingbirds on our family farm were curious and would often hover for a few seconds to look at us before flying away. When I was 12, I rescued one from the loft of our barn. I heard a strange noise while I was cleaning the stalls and, assuming it was a giant bug stuck in the window, I went up to investigate. It was trying to fly through the screen in the window to escape. I wrapped it gently in a dry tack cloth, brought it to the field and let it go. That was one of my earliest experiences with hummingbirds, and I’ll never forget it.

When it comes to wild animals, I am supportive of their wariness towards humans. Although I would love an up close and personal picture of a hummingbird, I’m happy that the beautiful little guys and gals in my gardens are careful.

If you’re looking for a good hummingbird food recipe, sans nasty red coloring, feel free to try ours!

Hummingbird Food Recipe


4 Cups Water

1 Cup Pure Cane Sugar


Add sugar and water to a medium saucepan and stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.

Bring the sugar/water to a boil for one minute and then remove from the heat.

Allow the mixture to coo at room temperature. Once completely cool, add it to a clean hummingbird feeder.

Store any remaining food in the refrigerator for up to a week.

7 thoughts on “Chirp, Hum, Whoosh!”

  1. I wonder if humming birds visit my yard and I am just not there to see them!? I have lots of plants they are supposed to like. I hope they do visit.
    Love them!

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  2. The biggest mountain to the south of the Santa Clara Valley is Mount Umunhum, which is the ‘resting place of the hummingbird’. (It is considered to be to the west because of the range it is in, but is really to the south.) Hummingbirds are very common here naturally. Many of our native salvias rely on them.

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      1. The hummingbirds seem to think so. Incidentally, the top of the mountain was just opened to the public this last year. It must be an excellent and very scenic place to hike. Previously, the road only went about three quarters of the way to the top.

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