The hummingbirds are finally on the move! The push of migrating hummingbirds appears to be lighter than previous years. However, this doesn't mean a whole lot yet. When the winds are just right, forced from the south, there will be a major push. The northern gulf shore is receiving multiple migrators currently. Many will start pushing inland as the flowers bloom and the temperatures rise, and soon to follow they'll be scattered like the sand on the seashore. This frenzied feeding will gradually lead them over the colorful plains to place of distant memory. As these Jewels start appearing in our yards, people will be scurrying around their houses looking for those hidden feeders. The smells of spring will entice people to brighten up their gardens, and the cycle of life will continue. The robins will wake us up with their 4:00 AM songs, the finches will chatter with excitement, and we'll get glimpses of little treasures racing from flower to flower just enough to entice us.
With spring just starting, we can do a lot around our yards and gardens to make it the perfect environment for hummingbirds to visit and stick around for the next three months. I have spent several years studying, researching, and understanding what motivates these birds. With approximately 1 million sightings over the last eight years, I have learned what attracts and keeps these birds around. I have learned the importance of feeders, the types of flowers that entice these birds, and how to interpret their behavior. I have compacted a huge portion of my research into a guidebook that will benefit any birder seeking out the elusive hummingbird.
I'm excited to have a book with such depth and detail available to everyone who loves hummingbirds as much as I do. JEWEL OF THE NORTH was first published later last summer, and is entering into its first spring. The response has been terrific just over the winter months and is heading towards a spectacular success.
Thank you to all of you who have supported this northern project, and to all who have promoted this publication.
I would love to hear feedback from anyone who has read my book, and I encourage everyone to report their hummingbird sightings and flower choices within the appropriate pages on this website.
Best wishes to all in attracting hummingbirds this season, and I hope to hear from all of you!