Patio Life

Crocosmia – Red Lucifer

Introducing a new addition to the patio: the Crocosmia ‘Red Lucifer.’ This vibrant red perennial has quickly become a popular stop for the ruby-throated hummingbirds with the first blooms appearing on June 27. The ‘Red Lucifer’ can be overwintered in northern climates (hardiness zones 5-9) and can be grown in a container.

Patio Life began with a question, “Why is the wasp eating the wood chair?” Now, a new question arose, “Do hummingbirds prefer feeders or flowers?” After four seasons of observation, tallying over 8,000 sightings and 16,000 flowers visited, the statistics have been analyzed and the question answered—at least on this patio.

Seeking Nectar

SEEKING NECTAR – THE BOOK

2024 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds Statistics

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Crocosmia – Red Lucifer2024-07-06T10:34:40-04:00

Seeking Nectar – the Book

Patio Life began with a question, “Why is the wasp eating the wood chair?” Now, a new question arose, “Do hummingbirds prefer feeders or flowers?” Since I like numbers, I embarked on a mission to uncover the answer.

Seeking Nectar, now available in print, answers this question and a plethora of others. After four seasons of observation, tallying over 8,000 sightings and 16,000 flowers visited, the statistics have been analyzed and the question answered—at least on this patio.

Seeking Nectar

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Seeking Nectar – the Book2024-07-04T10:25:34-04:00

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds – June Update

After a record breaking sightings for May, June has seen a bit of a slowdown in hummingbird activity, with a total of 185 sightings. Interestingly, and unprecedented, the significant majority of these visits—173 to be precise—have been by males.

The hummingbirds continue to have a clear preference when it comes to their dining spots. They visit the flowers 93% of the time, leaving the feeders with just a 7% share of their attention. Among the flowers, the ‘Rock’n Blue Suede Shoes’ salvia continues to be the most visited plants on the patio, drawing in the hummingbirds an impressive 91% of the time.

JUNE SIGHTINGS

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Ruby-throated Hummingbirds – June Update2024-07-04T09:40:52-04:00

The Goldfinch

The “Goldfinch” was accepted into the 30th Annual Members Juried Exhibition at the Griffin Museum of Photography. The exhibition was juried by Mazie Harris, Assistant Curator of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Sixty-one photographs were selected from over 1,300 submissions for the exhibit.

The exhibit reception is Saturday June 22nd at 6pm, free, open to the public and will run thru July 28. An exhibition catalog is also available to view here.

“The Goldfinch” is printed using archival ink on Hahnemühle Agave Matte fine art archival paper, free of optical brightening agents (OBAs). The 18 x 24 print is matted with acid-free materials and framed in a 24 x 30 wood frame under 3 ml Tru Vue Conservation Clear® UV Acrylic.
Goldfinch

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The Goldfinch2024-07-06T11:14:19-04:00

Seeking Nectar

Seeking Nectar was recently published in the Spring issue of Successful Hunter, a supplement included in this edition of the Upland Almanac. Succesful Hunter is a national quarterly magazine dedicated to preserving outdoor sports traditions through story-telling and art, and much more, celebrating the transformative power of the outdoors. In this case, a journey spanning four years of observations about the ruby-throated hummingbird visits on the patio.

MAY SIGHTINGS

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Seeking Nectar2024-06-04T21:38:05-04:00

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds – May Update

May has buzzed with activity for ruby-throated hummingbirds, marking a record-breaking month for sightings to start the season with 259. Sightings have surged over the past five years, skyrocketing from a mere 21 in 2020 to an impressive 259 in 2024.

Among the favored spots, the ‘rock’n blue suede shoes’ blue salvia reigns supreme, drawing the hummingbirds 82% of the time, followed by feeders at 11%, and other plants like lantana at 7%.

Studies hint at the possibility of hummingbirds displaying site fidelity¹, returning to the same locations annually. Here’s hoping this upward trend persists for 2024.

¹ Lynch, M. (2022, July 6). Hummingbird research: Banding the tiniest of birds Retrieved from https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/stories/ask-a-scientist-a-special-handler-of-hummingbirds

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Ruby-throated Hummingbirds – May Update2024-05-31T21:17:35-04:00

Northern Lights

Thanks to unusually strong solar flare activity, the ethereal beauty of the northern lights were visible over the patio for much of the evening.

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Northern Lights2024-05-19T10:27:59-04:00

Red Admiral Butterfly

The patio received a new visitor as a red admiral butterfly gently landed on a perch. Red admirals are members of the brush-footed butterflies which also includes well-known butterflies such as the Monarch (Danaus plexippus) and Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui).

TAXONOMY

Kingdom: Animal
Phylum: Arthropods
Class: Insects
Order: Butteflies (Lepidoptera)
Family: Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)

Genus: Vanessa
Species: V atalanta

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Red Admiral Butterfly2024-05-06T22:12:38-04:00

Hummingbirds First Arrival

Feeders up, flowers planted and April 29 marks the earliest arrival to date as a male ruby-throated hummingbird visited a feeder at 6:43 pm a sip of nectar.

Over the past four years, sightings of adult males surged remarkably, from five in 2020 to 387 in 2023.

Research suggests hummingbirds may return to the same location each year¹. This behavior is called site fidelity, possibly explaining the increase in male sightings. Nonetheless, it’s heartening to see this rise over time – hopefully the trend continues upward for 2024.

¹ Lynch, M. (2022, July 6). Hummingbird research: Banding the tiniest of birds Retrieved from https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/stories/ask-a-scientist-a-special-handler-of-hummingbirds

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April 29, 2024
May 7, 2023
May 5, 2022
May 2, 2021
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Hummingbirds First Arrival2024-05-06T18:05:29-04:00

Happy Earth Day

Planet vs. Plastics – the Official Theme for 2024

First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is now a global event celebrated annually on April 22nd, dedicated to raising awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment and advocating for its protection. It serves as a reminder of the importance of environmental conservation and sustainable practices to ensure the well-being of current and future generations.

Spring is a great time to plant a tree, plants or start a garden. You never know what you might find in it, like this fox!

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Happy Earth Day2024-05-06T17:53:47-04:00

Hummingbird 2023 Recap

RECORD SETTING YEAR!

2023 proved to be a record setting year for sightings (3,261), flowers visited (6,129), adult males seen (387) and for the longest season on record (Oct. 14) despite the vast amount of rain!

For the first time in this patio’s history, the ruby-throated hummingbirds stayed well into October, with the last sighting occurring on October 14.

Another exciting trend was the amount of adult males seen. This year 387 adult males were seen which is more than the combined total of the three previous seasons (197). It has been studied and observed that these birds may return to the same area where they were born. Perhaps it’s possible these juveniles born here return the following year? Speaking of returning, the migration is only two months away.

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Hummingbird 2023 Recap2024-01-25T22:51:36-05:00
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