This really does seem to have been the year of the hummingbird. I think they showed up earlier this year than in the past, and there are definitely more of them.
Sitting on the patio has been like sitting on the set of a Star Wars movie while they're filming a fight scene with light sabers. I swear George Lucas must have been inspired by the sound hummingbirds make when thinking about sound effects for the movie!
I'm not sure how much longer they will be here. They're really massing and getting ready to migrate now. There can be nine or ten chasing each other round the garden at any one time.
I haven't been able to get much in the way of photos because by the time I get home, when they're out on the feeders, the light is already starting to fade.
I've been able to get a couple though, such as this one of a male and two females:
I particularly like this photo of a female coming in to land on the feeder by the column on the patio. Again, not good lighting because of the time of day and the fact it's on the north side of the house, but I think she's cute anyway. I love the way their feet curl when they're in flight.
Do you still have hummingbirds in your garden?
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.