My wife and daughters and I went to Missouri last week to visit my parents. They live in the foothills of the Ozarks in a pretty thickly forested rural area. The climate and geographical change between the Texas Panhandle and southwestern Missouri is stunning- from dry, parched prairie to lush, green, forest covered hills as you cross Oklahoma. It was raining again this year when we arrived and the folks fretted about it ruining our visit, but we told them that the rain alone was worth the drive.
We spent a lot of time sitting on the back patio watching birds and drinking coffee and visiting. They have several bird feeders, including a hummingbird feeder and there were several birds that I don’t get to see at home- Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wrens and Chickadees, and White-breasted Nuthatches. We always look for a Piliated Woodpecker, but so far I’ve had no luck seeing one.
The prize this year was a pair of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. We have a few hummers in the panhandle, migrant Black-chinned, Broad-tailed, and Rufous Hummingbirds in the spring and fall, Ruby-throated in the eastern panhandle during migration and rarely a Calliope, but I have never succeeded in tempting one to my yard feeder. It seems pretty attractive to sugar ants, but that’s about it.
We brought the rain back with us.
Anyway, here’s a few shots of the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds