While some look to their gardens for signs of spring and summer, I look to the hummingbirds. I follow the hummingbird migration maps, and determine when they will return to their favorite tree on our property each Spring. My hummingbird feeder goes out early in the season so that it is ready for the first arrival.
And then, late in the summer, I know that soon they will leave and move to warmer regions. The feeder is emptied later in the season at a much quicker rate because now the young have grown so there are more "hummers", and because they are eating a lot to gain energy for their flight south.
But feeding them by hand, that is a heartwarming treat that allows you to look at them up closely.
I hope to share with you how to feed hummingbirds by hand, and a place or two where it is a very popular thing to do.