Category Archives: Hummingbirds

A Porch with a View

I often daydream about adding a big covered porch to the back of my house. In my imagination, it would be the ideal spot to relax at the end of a long day, come rain or shine.

I imagine sitting in an Adirondack chair, beverage glass in hand, looking at the menagerie of simple wildlife in my backyard.

The squirrels scurry in search of acorns and seeds. A squirrel, the one with a crooked tail, bravely chases another squirrel from the dogwood tree which he has claimed as his own. Hanging from a branch of this same tree is the red-based feeder where the ruby throated hummingbirds put on a nearby air show. Each tiny bird tries to drink the life-sustaining nectar mixed from sugar and water. Bright red cardinals, red breasted robins and blue jays take flight from oak and elm trees. A large rabbit chews on greenery near the fence line. Mocking birds sing songs in the distance. A woodpecker taps rhythmically high up in a tree.

The clink of melting ice pulls my attention from the display of nature. I feel a gentle breeze and soft rain begins to fall. I say a silent prayer of thanks for peace.

Be Amazed- Hummingbird Sighting

The visitor

The visitor

When I hung the hummingbird feeder up on Saturday, I did have hope that I would finally get to see a hummingbird. I knew a few facts about the little birds. I knew they were the smallest birds in the world. I knew they could fly as fast as 60 miles per hour. I knew they could flap their wings 70 times in a second. I knew they could hover like a helicopter. And, I knew I wanted to see one for myself, in my own backyard.

I had tried before with no luck. Perhaps, the feeder location by the front door had been too busy. Perhaps, I had been too busy to notice. Perhaps, I had needed a Best-1 Hummingbird feeder like I have now. Perhaps, it just wasn’t the right time.

I wanted to see a hummingbird so much that I actually placed it on my bucket list. I hoped it would finally happen, and it did!

I was standing at my back door, staring intently at the feeder. “A watched pot never boils” kept running through my head, but I couldn’t look away. Suddenly, I saw the tiny bird zoom in and hover at the feeder. “I saw one! I saw one!” I shouted in amazement. And just as fast, he flew away. I worried that he had been scared away by my loud pronouncement of his sighting. 5:51. 8/18 at 5:51. The numbers floated in my head as I continued the watch. Then, there he was again. Three times I saw the little bird pose at the feeder. I was amazed to see it with my own eyes.

Each new sighting brought me a moment of joy! Now, I am a bird watcher.

Be Hopeful-Hummingbird Watch

The hummingbird feeder

The hummingbird feeder

I am the only person I know that has never seen a hummingbird. Hard to believe, I know. But it is true. Last night I hung a hummingbird feeder in my backyard, hoping for a little ruby throated visitor. I filled it with sweet sugar-water nectar for the little birds.

So far, no birds. However, I realize it may be a little late in the season. I still have hope it may attract a bird or two! Maybe a straggler on its migration south will stop by and then come around again next year. I am on a hummingbird watch and I remain hopeful!

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