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Cathie Rowand/ The Journal Gazette
Hummingbirds like their sugar water kept clean. Change the 1 part sugar to 4 part water regularly.

Hummingbirds arrive late this year

At dusk Sunday, I was in my garden watering some plants in a pot and saw sometime dart away from the hummingbird feeder. I caught the movement from the corner of my eye so I didn't get a very good look. The way it flew away made me think it might have been a hummingbird. My guess was confirmed when I saw female a Ruby-throated hummingbird at the feeder the next day.

Now, all my summer visitors have finally arrived.

The wrens, orioles and hummingbirds seem to be a week or two late in arriving this year. Last year, the hummingbirds arrived May 12.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer) rsalter@jg.net, Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer) agregory@jg.net, Frank Noonan (copy editor) fnoonan@jg.net and Cathie Rowand (photographer) crowand@jg.net.

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