My favourite birds by far are the ruby-throated hummingbirds. They are such delicate flyers and so much fun to watch. Our 84 year old friend and neighbour, George introduced them to me when we first moved to Dwight over a year and a half ago. I would spend hours in his yard watching them along with all of the other species of birds that he fed. Once during a rain storm I stood outside his house perched on a ladder that he had propped against the house under the eaves trough about 3 feet away from his feeder and watched as two dozen hummingbirds whizzed by me. I got some of my best photographs that day. I went home that night and could still hear whizzing in my ears. That was one of my favourite experiences of all time. After that, I knew I was hooked. I just had to hang my own feeder. So George showed me how to make nectar by mixing 1 part sugar with 4 parts water. My good friends and former next door neighbours in Fonthill "The Seddons" gave me a hummingbird feeder as a house warming gift when we first moved to Muskoka and I filled it with the nectar and hung it on my lilac tree. I didn't have to wait very long for the hummers to start feeding. They truly are exceptionally funny to watch as they perform high speed chases and acrobatics in the air. Now I spend a portion of each day watching and photographing them. It brings me such joy. Although George is no longer with us, the red hummingbird feeder that he had in his yard, is now in my yard. And I'm sure he is looking down on me, smiling at the thought of me feeding those whom he loved so much and for which gave him so much pleasure. I miss you George, but I am taking very good care of your birds for you!
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