More Birds at Destiny Ranch
At Destiny Ranch I have two hummingbird feeders. The hummers are so beautiful and are such fun to watch. You need to always keep the water clean as you can cause the birds sickness if the water becomes fermented or moldy.
I always make the sugar water myself, and it does not need any coloring in it as that is a myth. When you make hummingbird food you use four cups of pure filtered water, and one cup of high quality cane sugar. Make sure the water is not too hot or cold when hanging it for the birds. Always change the water after four days even if the birds have not consumed all of it, or it can get bad fast, especially in hot weather. Make sure the food is always room temperature when putting it out for the birds. This can be a fun hobby for someone who is shut in or just loves to watch the beautiful little birds.
This is a Band-tailed Pigeon. They are on average about 14 and 1/2 inches. A shy resident of mountainous pine forests of the West, also found in moister coniferous forests along the Northwest coastline and in oak-pine woodlands. Yellow feet and bill, they are very reluctant to let you get near, and they seem impossible to photograph with a small snapshot camera. Although Bill was unable to get a clear photo of the band-tailed pigeon, here is a very clear one that we found on the web.
This was a magical moment for us as Bill captured the ducks flying away from the pond this year. They usually stay a couple of weeks but this year they were only here about 6 days. I wonder if it is because of the drought. Good bye for this year my lovelies!