Jim McKenney
Mon, 02 Oct 2006 07:28:06 PDT
I've always been skeptical of the claim that hummingbirds "prefer" red
flowers. And it isn't only the anthropomorphic aspect of this argument which
bothers me. I suspect that it is people who notice red flowers selectively,
and when they are looking at the red flowers they notice what's going on
around the red flowers. Thus, people are more likely to notice hummingbirds
on red flowers than on dark, inconspicuous flowers. 

In this garden the hummers wait in line with the bumblebees to get to the
dark flowers of Salvia guaranitica. 

I think Terry has it right: when you're hungry, color doesn't matter. (That
line sounds like the punch line to a joke describing the first brave person
who bit into a pizza.)

Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7 where I still vividly remember
my first childhood encounter with a pizza: between the smell and the
road-kill appearance, I was extremely dubious. But, as Terry said, when
you're hungry...


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