Sightings of hummingbirds are more frequent this summer, though I cannot tell if one makes multiple appearances or if their numbers are greatly increased. I see slight differences in size, I think, so I presume there are more than one, and from only occasional sightings in prior years hummingbirds are now seen on the patio beside the koi pond and outside the kitchen window quite often.
I have not planted specifically for hummingbirds (and do not have a dedicated feeder), and I’ve been most surprised that they are attracted to a tall flowering stalk of one of the mangaves (above) in a container on the stone patio beside the koi pond. Today the flowers are nearly faded, but in recent weeks hummingbirds visit the conical blooms every few minutes. The seven or eight foot flowering stalk is tall enough that typically skittish hummingbirds feel safe in their approach even as I sit a few feet from the container.
Just outside the kitchen window, a hyacinth bean vine (above) scrambles over a clematis that covers the deck railing. The shape of the flower is not typical of ones hummingbirds are attracted to, so I’m surprised to see them just outside the kitchen window so frequently.