Friday, August 5, 2011
|All photos by Jonathan Schechter|
Ruby-throated hummingbirds are regular visitors to my suction cup attached nectar feeder. These
tiny artists of the air that zip about in marvelous overdrive found the feeder just hours after it went
up late this spring. But now they have company.
All wildlife species - humans included - adapt to habitat and prevailing conditons. That is the very
root of survival and fuels evolution even when the advantage of their activity is minimal. A few
days ago I noted both adult and large fledgling downy woodpeckers making bold visits to my
hummer feeder. Unable to hover they cling to the feeder and their long tounges plunge into the
slurry of sweetness spiced with a few dead ants. A question remains. Is it the sugary sweet liquid
or the hapless sweetened ants that lure in my new friends.
My guess: Both!