Offbeat: Hummingbird Lady

June 15, 2007--Posted at 11:45 a.m. CDT

DIXIE, AR-- Her name is Linda Irwin, but all around Dixie, Arkansas she's better known as the "Hummingbird Lady."  A trip into Linda's yard in the spring and summer will leave in awe, as hundreds of hummingbirds buzz around the feeders she's set up around her cedar trees.

Back in 1995, Irwin set up a feeder and 4 or 5 hummingbirds showed up and she fell in love.  Every year since, she's added a feeder and every year, more and more hummingbirds come calling.  She says they usually arrive in early April and leave sometime in October.

Irwin says there's just something about the "buzzing" and chirping sounds they make that are soothing to her.  She enjoys sitting in her swing under the feeders, listening and watching all the little green and yellow birds flitting around, from feeder to feeder.

Irwin adds fresh nectar to her feeders everyday.  She uses 5 pounds of sugar and 3 gallons of water for her magical mix and with the price of sugar, it really adds.  No matter what the cost, it's a labor of love and Irwin says she'll continue to feed her hummingbirds as long as she's able.