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We were gone most of the summer. When I returned in early August I put out a few hummingbird feeders. It was only a couple of days before the hummingbirds turned up at the feeders. The second week of September they are still around. They are also feeding on my Red Prince Weigela and my Sunflowers.

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We have been remodeling the house for the past couple of weeks so most of my photography has been limited to the farm. However, there are lots of interesting things to photograph. The prairie has quite a few wildflowers, Butter-and-eggs, Canadian Goldenrod, Evening Primrose, Purple Coneflowers, Wild Catnip, Black-eyed Susans, and my favorite. I like because, with judicious mowing, I can photography it from early June until frost.

White Alfalfa

 

There are also an abundance of butterflies in the prairie. I have allowed a large number of milkweed plants to grow and I am seeing more Monarch Butterflies than I’ve seen in the past. There are also sulphurs, Red Admirals, Great Spangled Fritillaries and a few others.

Red Admiral

Monarch Butterfly on Alfalfa

Of course there are still summer birds around although some of them have already left. The Eastern Bluebirds and Red-breasted Grosbeaks are now gone for the season. I have at least one family of Baltimore Orioles visiting the feeder. This is the first time they have stayed around longer than a couple of weeks. In the past month they have eaten over a gallon of grape jelly. I’ve noticed several other birds partaking of the jelly as well.  I have quite a few House Finches and American Goldfinches visiting the feeder. The Ruby Throated Hummingbirds are the most abundant birds at the feeders right now and they are going through about several gallons of sugar water every week. Goldfinches and the house finches have been feeding on some catnip that I planted.

More shots from the last few weeks on the farm can be found on my website.

The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are nesting. They don’t spend much time at the feeder during the day. They arrive, get a good drink of nectar an take off. Toward evening I’ve been finding them hanging around the bushes close to the house.

This fellow had a bad itch. It spent quite some time scratching on both sides.

These Ruby-throated Hummingbirds were perched near my feeders making sure no one else could get to the feeder.

 

 

As the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds were leaving for the south the bird that was guarding my Red Prince Weigela Flowers remained to the bitter end. After I watched him for a while he decided to watch me and flew right in front of the camera for some photos.

Just before the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds leave for the summer they love to feed on my Red Prince Weigela flowers. This year it has been a problem photographing them because one hummingbird has appointed herself to guard the flowers. It is only when the guard is off chasing someone that I can capture another bird feeding.

For some unknown reason I wait until just before the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds leave for the summer before I take a few photos of them. On this particular day I watched them approach one of my feeders.

Just as we were about to leave on vacation the orioles and hummingbirds returned for the summer. We only saw a couple of them but knew more would be following. We put out a couple of large containers of grape jelly for the orioles and all of my feeders for the humming birds. When we returned the orioles had eaten all of the grape jelly and the humming birds had just about emptied their feeders. I put out some grape jelly and filled the humming bird feeders but there have only been a few around. Typically they come and eat for a week or two then go off to raise their young. I would expect to see them back in large numbers as summer begins.

Orchard Oriole

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

While photographing hummingbirds feeding I noticed that this fellow had landed and was flopping around on a plant leaf. At first I thought something was wrong with it but as I watched it I concluded it was taking a bath on the moisture on the leaf.

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Just before most the hummingbirds left for the summer I had a chance to photograph them feeding on my Red Prince Weigela flowers with a background of sunflowers.

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