Some days I don't see any Hummingbirds in the garden and I wonder if they've left but then I'll spot one or two visiting the Red Runner Bean flowers or the Montbretia, both of which have the red blooms that attract the Hummers the most.
We have both the Rufous and the Anna's here. The Anna's is known to stay year around but the Rufous normally migrates. Last winter during a very cold stretch we are fairly sure we lost whichever ones that had stayed.
I wondered if they migrated in groups but looking it up I read that they fly alone. Youngsters on their first migration have to navigate without parental guidance.
They fly by day and relatively low so they can spot any potential food source to top up their energy.
I took these images off the internet...first is the male Rufous
....and the female
The male Anna's...
and the female
Well, that's probably more information on Hummingbirds than you wanted .
On a different note I found that my Casa Blanca Lilies, the ones that grow 3 to 4 feet tall, were almost completely hidden by the white Phlox. Those Phlox are needing to be kept back because soon they will have covered a good part of the area where Lilies and White Delphiniums also grow.
So I cut the Lilies and brought them inside where we can see and enjoy them. This was taken the first day that I brought them in. I had to cut off the stamens later because pollen was falling onto the petals , spoiling their beauty. Then I was finding very sticky drops of what I assume is nectar on the table. There are times when I think that bringing flowers inside makes a lot of extra work. My mom loved flowers but I don't remember her ever bringing any indoors. Could be she had more sense than I do!!
It's a much cooler day here and a good day to putter outside. What does your day hold?
Thanks for coming by to visit, G.M.