When I arrive at Anadaré each time, there is a "settling" or homecoming routine. I get Sophie out of her carrier and settled inside, I turn on the water, the hot water heaters, the heat, and turn on the power strips and microwave. Then I start heating the hummingbird food while I empty the car.
Once that is all done, and the nectar is cooled, I put out the seed and nut bird feeder and the hummingbird feeder. This trip the hummingbirds were there within a couple of minutes. It took a little longer for the other birds to find the feeder, but I was rewarded with some colorful visitors - red-winged blackbirds and black-headed grosbeaks.
It's so nice to be welcomed back by the sunshine, the salt breezes, and now the birds. Sigh. I'm home.