I have used hummingbird feeders for more than four decades. During that time, I have spent countless hours watching the comings of and goings of literally thousands of hummingbirds.
I have also witnessed Baltimore Orioles and house finches drinking nectar at hummingbird feeders.
Earlier this year I posted a blog and picture of a downy woodpecker visiting a feeder in McDonough.
As for butterflies, red-banded hairstreaks and cloudless sulphurs are most often seen making brief visits to my feeders. I have even spotted an American snout or two drop in for a visit. However, I cannot say for sure the snouts were actually feeding on nectar.
After having logged untold numbers of hours watching my hummingbird feeders, you can imagine how surprised I was about a week ago when a monarch fed at one of my feeders for most of an afternoon. One visit lasted over fifteen minutes. During that time, the monarch had the tip of its proboscis dipped into the reservoir of sugar water at the base of the feeder.
I should also mention that a specially designed butterfly feeder hung a few feet away and neither butterfly paid it any attention.
Records of monarchs visiting hummingbird feeders are few and far between. With that in mind, I will always wonder why this particular butterfly chose to feed at my feeder on a warm Saturday afternoon.
A week has passed now and no monarch has made another visit to my feeder. I hope I do not have to wait years for another monarch to discover a bounty of nectar in one of my feeders.
In the meantime, please let me know if a monarch has ever visited a feeder in your backyard.