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Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch: the Hummingbirds are Back!

April 25, 2013

I came back from a wonderful visit out east to find that things were starting to green up at home. I had just put up my hummingbird feeders hoping to see a hummingbird in a week or so but the first hummingbird visited the next day. I like to think that the little hummingbird was here last year and that he “knew” there would be food here. I am glad I put the feeder up early.

The first hummingbird I have seen this spring!

The Hummingbirds are back!

The Hummingbirds are back!

It was sunny and warm today and there were at least five turtles out basking in the sun and a Yellow-bellied Marmot looking for fresh young plants to eat. His den is between the highway and a busy road – I hope he stays off the road! A Spotted Towhee has taken up residence near my feeder and is cleaning up whatever the Juncos have not eaten. Towhees have such beautiful red eyes.

sunning on a plank

sunning on a plank

Greeting the sun

Greeting the sun

Spotted Towhee

Out finding young plants to eat

Out finding young plants to eat

Awake for the spring

Awake for the spring

Fresh and vibrant green - new Alder leaves

Fresh and vibrant green – new Alder leaves

Spring in the Kootenays features all the shades of young green that you can imagine. These young alder leaves are just a hint of the colour to come. There is still snow on the mountains but winter is just a memory. Spring is well entrenched now.

all writing and photos copyright Joanne Siderius, 2013

  1. Oh, the hummie is beautiful! Thank you for sharing such a spectacular picture!

    • There are now two males at the feeders squabbling over hummingbird issues. beautiful but feisty –

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