Waiting for our ruby-throated guests

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I have to admit, when I first learned that hummingbirds were here in Chicago, I was rather shocked. Aren’t they tropical birds? Chicago? Really? But I have seen them at the Botanic Gardens and even once in our yard. They migrate here from Central America in the late spring and venture back in the fall. Hummingbirds exist only in the Western Hemisphere (the Americas) and it is the ruby-throated hummingbird which makes its way to Chicago.

It was a bit of a production getting the feeder hung— we had to get the big ladder out of the garage which meant we needed to move a few boxes, tools, and piles around to get to the ladder; we had to maneuver the ladder out of the garage without smacking into the car and then through the garden without destroying too many lilies, echinacea, or black-eyed susans.

But after nearly smashing through a window while leaning the ladder up against the house, we managed to hang the hummingbird feeder. JB strategized all the mechanical details and now it is successfully suspended outside the back porch windows where we can easily see it as we sit down to eat as well.

I filled it with sugar water (boil 4 cups of water, remove from stove, stir in one cup of white sugar until dissolved, let cool) and now we patiently await our ruby-throated guests.

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