Michael in Houston, Texas, reports that with the increases in gasoline prices and their noted inefficiency in "miles per gallon" ratios, fewer and fewer Hummers are being seen in traffic all across the city these days...Following are his obervations.
(WHAT? OH! You're talking about "hummingbirds", not cars... Now I understand... Never mind. Uh...since I leave for work at 5:30 in the morning and don't usually get home until 7:00 in the evening, I haven't seen one hummingbird in my yard since last year. They must fly during daylight hours, not at night, like bats.
We see lots of bats here. The Mexican Free Tail bats really enjoy the nights here, eating billions-upon-billions of mosquitoes, especially about 6:00 to 6:30 in the evening, swooping low over the bayous that lace the city, their little mouths open, their teeth arranged like the chrome grills on 1968 Chevy and Oldsmobile cars, sucking in tons of unsuspecting mosquitoes as they wing their way from their roosts into the delight of children playing baseball at that hour and the dread, fear and dismay of thousands of women with big hair who are afraid of getting a bat caught in their bouffant hair-do...)
(You're realy talking about Hummingbirds, huh? - Haven't seen one...But I'd like to. Usually the polution from the petro-chemical industry is so bad that they don't come into Houston that much any more. That and Sugar Land, Texas, closed its Pure Cane Sugar Mill three years ago, so they fly around us now, more to the west, before heading south to visit y'all...)
(This report probably doesn't help you that much, but I thought you might want to know anyway, about the bats...)
I wish I could join y'all in the garden to welcome the "Little Jewels of the Air"...
"BatMan" of Houston
Thank you Michael - I love the music & hummers on this short video clip Ruby-throated Humminbird Duals.