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Bulger's Beat: Hummingbirds in Ashland City


For an Ashland City couple, it's the summer spectacle that never gets old - the sight and sound of the hummingbird.

Marriage often brings routine. And for 15 years now, Susan and Billy Noe know the drill that brings such a thrill.

"Drink coffee and watch the birds," Susan said.

Hummingbirds, lots of hummingbirds, pit stop here every year before flying farther south.

The Noes have 28 feeders for hundreds of hummers - mighty machines forever in motion.

"They fly backwards, upside down," she said, "and if they happen to buzz by you, you can feel the air from their wings. I think the sound is like them - very quick, very quick."

The birds must be spreading the word about Susan's place because every year more arrive, bypassing neighbors for this spot.

"Anyone that lives a half-mile from here has no hummingbirds. We know where they go. They come to your house (neighbors say)," Susan said.

Keeping them coming takes work, fresh water and, by late August, 200 pounds of sugar.

"It's so amazing they can do so much to be so little, but then you don't underestimate little people either," she said.

Susan is all of 5 feet tall.

"That's what I meant you don't underestimate little people," she said, laughing.

The hungry birds, en route to Central America, love the layover here every year. They'll wait on weather as long as it's warm before humming 'so long Ashland City.'

"Oh yeah, I don't want them to leave, I could have them here all year round," Susan said.

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