The trees are turning and the temperatures are falling. We have even had a couple of nights with light frost.
But the humming birds are still around.
I thought that after we began to have night time temperatures in the mid 30s that the little hummers would start their trek southward.
My neighbor tells me that I should take the feeder down so that they will move on. Normally I don't remove it until I no longer see the birds at the feeder.
So I did a Google search, visited a couple of the sites and learned that the little birds are cued to migrate by the sun. As the days become shorter they begin their move south.
I have tried all summer long to capture the little birds up close, but haven't had much success. Until a few days ago.
As I was filling my other feeders with fresh seed two hummers kept flying around and lighting in the trees.
So I went inside and grabbed my camera. They would sit on the tree branch and allow me to walk up close to them as long as I moved slowly.
I loved how I was able to capture the shadow of its beak on the bird itself.
As the cameras shutter snapped the bird would turn as if it was trying to find the sound.
I was surprised at how long the little bird stayed in the tree.
Finally as I stepped a little closer it flew off. I was thrilled with the shots I was able to capture. I am not sure how much longer the Humming Birds will stay around, but I will enjoy them as long as they are here and will keep the feeder up as well.