Date: 11/2/18 5:55 am
From: dianemarie yates <maribird...>
Subject: Re: Hummingbird food
Before my tornado-trimmed trees grew back I had the bright red Autumn Sage growing in my front yard. Hummers loved it. While it's hardy until freeze, it's sometimes hard to keep it in bloom that long.

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> On Nov 1, 2018, at 11:20 AM, Daniel Mason <millipede1977...> wrote:
> Hopefully I'll send out a few more emails today. I've got another question that's longer than this and some thoughts to share. For the moment, I'm curious about native plants for hummingbirds this time of year.
> I see a lot of people discussing their feeders they put up. I love watching hummingbirds but, I can't put up feeders because I struggle with putting things off and I am certain I would not be cleaning them near as often as people recommend. And there could be days it might be left empty... It wouldn't work out well.
> We do have japanese honeysuckle here and there... unintentionally of course. And we have trumpet flowers that they seem to enjoy. We get hummingbirds in the yard every year and in some years I've even sat here and watched courtship displays. So, I think they like my yard. :)
> I think some birds get used to feeders so much that they expect them. Sometimes we'll have hummers fly up to our windows and spend a few moments looking in... day after day. Are they really just checking out their reflection? I watch them and think they're trying to get our attention, wondering where a feeder is. I know I've seen birds on our actual feeders looking in the house when it's empty. I think they have some vague idea of what's going on. :)
> Anyway... with that said, I have plans to put more native plants in the yard to attract different things and hummingbirds, of course, are on the list. So with all the migrants still lingering, something I've wondered from year to year is, are there any native plants I could grow that would give hummingbirds a wild and natural food source THIS time of year? Or during the winter even?
> I know witch hazel has an odd blooming time but I'm not sure if they're a food source for them. But is there anything else that might bloom in the cooler months that hummers like? Especially anything native.
> Daniel Mason
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