Monday, September 10, 2012

Hummingbird Festival

ruby-throated hummingbird close-up
{Ruby-throated Hummingbird}

Local festivals always seem to fall on the weekend after Labor Day signaling the end of summer and the beginning of cooler weather.  With three different festivals on the calendar this past weekend, we decided to attend one that we hadn't been to before called the Hummingbird Migration Celebration & Nature Festival.  The festival was located at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Holly Springs, Mississippi which was about a 45 minute drive for us.  My favorite part was the hummingbird viewing and banding station where the hummingbirds were measured, banded and weighed and then released back into the wild.  I was amazed at how tiny the hummingbirds were up close!  Even with all their "fattening up" to prepare for their upcoming migration to Central America, they barely weigh more than a penny!  I sure will miss my two birdies that live in our backyard and drink from our hummingbird feeder.  Have a safe flight and I'll see you next year!

American Beauty Berry
{American Beauty Berry}

hummingbird feeders
{hummingbird feeders}

hummingbirds feeding
{feeding time}

hummingbird banding station
{banding station}

Measuring the beak of a hummingbird
{measuring beak length}

Strawberry Plains Audubon Center sign

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