Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Sitting on my deck
I had been putting out bird seed two days earlier and was buzzed by a familiar hum. The hummers - or rather a hummer - had returned. As I sat on the deck reading, several birds became quite nervy and moved onto railing or feeder to continue with their meal. The hummer - a little male - finally came in close and sipped at a spot on the feeder where there was a drop of sugar water. As soon as I moved to get the camera, of course it left and perched here in the nearby lilac bushes until I was no longer alert and watching for him. I'll figure out a way to get his glorious red throat in a photograph one day this year...And before long there will be many of them. Females will come, there will be great courting flights - those huge arcing swings that males make around a female they are trying to impress. Eventually there will be babies. For the past few years there has been at least one hummingbird nest in the spruce that leans on the drive shed.
If you want to read a beautiful bit of poetry/prose about Spring check out Wild Bill's blog at www.wildramblings.com - he is an ecologist who loves to share his part of the world, and does it beautifully.
I hope you are enjoying this long spring with its gently warming days, light breezes and softest of greens dotted with bits of colour from both birds and bulbs that open daily. And to those of you who are suffering through spring floods, my heart goes out to you with prayers for safety through this dreadful time. It doesn't quite seem fair that I have so much to be joyful about and you who are enduring nature at its most tyrranical must suffer. But such is this crazy world.