Sunday, September 12, 2010

Dragonflies and hummingbirds

Cliff's cousin Edna called today asking me if I had any idea why there are so many dragonflies this year.  I told her I have no idea, but that yesterday when we got home, there were literally hundreds of them.  We've seen lots of them all summer.  
After Edna's call, I decided to check with Google, and they gave (sort of) a reason.  If you want to see what they said, just click HERE.  The good news is, they eat mosquitoes.  
Now, on to hummingbirds.  Two weeks ago we had so many little hummers it was almost like a pestilence.  There aren't even half as many now, so I'd say they've begun their migration south.  
Have trouble with hummingbirds getting in your garage and then not finding their way out?  Click HERE.
There are a lot of myths about hummingbirds.  Pure fiction.  Don't believe that malarky about them hitching rides on geese to migrate, or the people who tell you that you should take your feeders down so they'll go ahead and migrate (it's built in them... no force on earth could stop them from migrating).  If you know how to use Google, you can find out all the real facts.   
One of the things that makes hummingbirds so precious is the fact that they aren't here year around.  A highlight of my year is the day I see my first hummingbird in the spring.  Of course, this was only my third year of hummingbird-watching.    
Other things about my day:  I made okra-and-tomatoes for the first time ever, and Cliff, Rena and I gave the dish a thumbs-up.  We also had catfish and corn bread. and green beans picked fresh this morning.   Cliff got most of the fallow ground seeded; he is one tired puppy.  
I hope each of my readers has a happy and blessed week.
Life is good.

8 comments:

Hyperblogal said...

Please adopt me. I can be very quiet. Will do chores for food.

Sonya said...

Love the hummingbirds. Both our parents have feeders. We have 4 cats so we decline out of their safety. But I love watching them. Hope you all have a great week. Going to be a busy one here.

Lucy said...

I love the hummingbirds but have never had much luck with them. The catfish and green beans would be fine with me. Tomato's also but have never liked corn bread or Okra. That is good that for a first time cooking that all liked it. Havew a great week.

Midlife Mom said...

I don't seem to get many hummers any more. Maybe it's the cats but I don't think they have ever caught one. I love watching them though, my friend has dozens!

Really like all your pictures. The clothes on the line, Cliff on the tractor and Bonnie and Clyde.

There is another update on BG's blog if you want to check it out.

Fernan said...

Nowhere near enough dragon flies here. Some a lot of red ones this year. They eat mosquitoes hey? I've also seen them flit from blossom to blossom perhaps helping the pollination?

Kelly said...

We still have quite a few here, males still haven't even left. I sure do love the hummingbirds. As summer draws to a close I will be sad to see them go. We have a lot of dragonflies around the pool.

Paula said...

I know people who believe that malarky about hummingbirds hitching a ride. Ours seem to have gone for good but I won't take the feeders down until I'm sure. I've fed them for years and they are one of the joys of my life.

Carlene Noggle said...

Supper sounded wonderful!!!