Flower farm pays homage to hummingbirds

Jul. 26, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Hummingbirds may only be only a few inches long and weigh about as much as a penny, but one local farm intends to salute the world's smallest avian in a big way.

Saturday is Hummingbird Day at Big Bloomers Flower Farm, located at 275 Pressly Foushee Road — an annual celebration for the Sanford business. Hummingbird expert Susan Campbell will capture, band and release hummingbirds during live demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Refreshments will be served during the free event, and interested residents can ask questions about attracting and keeping hummingbirds in their yard.

The farm is usually teeming with hummingbirds, according to Julie Smith, who works at Big Bloomers. She adds that on Saturday, Campbell will capture the birds, tag each one with a small, harmless band and then release it back into the wild. If children are present when she catches one, Campbell will let the child release the bird, Smith said.

"She [has] a little talk about each of the birds she captures," Smith said. "Let's you know if it's a female or male, and then she puts the little bands on them. Then she'll answer people's questions about what kind of food is good for them or what is the best type of feeder."

The Lee County Cooperative Extension's master gardeners will also be present to answer any gardening questions that may arise, Smith said.

"It's really a fun day at the farm," she said.



What: Hummingbird Day at Big Bloomers Flower Farm

When: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: 275 Pressly Foushee Road, Sanford.

More info: Hummingbird expert Susan Campbell will capture, tag and release the hummingbirds while providing educational material about attracting the birds.