Hummingbird Day… At Daniel Stowe

Hummingbird Day… August 4th, 2012…

This was the second event that I attended at Daniel Stowe Gardens and I was not disappointed. Despite the warm temperatures, we had a nice cool breeze which made wandering the garden paths more bareable.

Before venturing outside… we checked out the honey booth set out in the foyer..

First I walked over to the hummingbird feeders. We couldn't get very close, as they had ¬†white 'fences' set up, But I was able to get some pictures…

Since the banding of the hummingbirds wasn't set to start again till 1:30p (Hummingbirds need a lunch break too we were told later) I decided to try and get a few shots of the beautiful flowers…

At a little before 1:30 I wandered back to the tent where the banding would take place. Bought a cialis 5mg cost nice bottle of cold water… ah… and then I waited.

First the hummingbird specialist (decked out in a hummingbird shirt, hat and earrings…) got the bands and other equipment ready… as banding would be only one of the things done… The 'lucky' hummingbirds who wandered into the 'trap' cages were going to get a full physical…

1) First the hummingbird is given to the hummingbird specialist in a little blue canvas bag.

2) This hummingbird is put into a little 'sleeve'

3) The hummingbird gets a 'close up' look under the microscope… this one's a female, supposedly all of the hummingbirds captured Saturday were girls.

4) The body and beak are measured

5) She checks for fat with a straw (I can't help but laugh here because it really looks like she's trying to smoke a hummingbird)

6) Weighs the hummingbird (this one was the largest they'd seen at 4 grams)

7) Then it's time to release…

* Some other interesting facts… Hummingbirds travel to the same winter destination each year, many go so far as South America. Hummingbirds live for 3-5 years. The girls take care of the young. They enjoy flowers, but they get all their protein from insects…

If you love hummingbirds… you should check out this video on You Tube…