We are almost at the cusp point of a change in the flower-visiting habits of our hummingbirds. I am seeing signs that the Columbine-Coral Honeysuckle phase is coming to an end (there are far fewer nectar-laden flowers on those plants) and that the Trumpet Vine phase is about to begin. All of these plants are heavily dependent on the hummingbirds as pollinators and have evolved to respond well to hummingbirds. In my own case I use Trumpet Vine as an indicator the complete set of summer residents is in place, rather than say only early birds or migrants. Any day now there will be a phase change. Can't wait!
This Wingscapes BirdCam enthusiast and keeper of a well-stocked "bird cafe" has been watching birds in Cary for over 18 years. I adopted the BirdCam in December 2007 and have been working with the product daily, recording over 35 species locally and gaining significant experience with the use of this amazing device. I'm not a "power birder." While I enjoy birdwatching in the field, I appreciate the simple delights of the birds found in my own backyard or in places just down the street. These are truly interesting places and I never tire of the little stories told every day in those places. The birds are central to this experience, but expect me to talk about the things that also are part of the birdwatching experience here at Cary BirdCam, from buying bird seed to crunching numbers in the logbook. Thanks for being a reader!