Sitting on top of Their World!

Hummingbird on top of its world

My, how busy and interesting our front garden and hanging feeders have suddenly become. Everywhere you look there is activity going on of some sort or another! The Ruby Throated Hummingbirds are back and showing themselves off, as they come into their hanging perch-less feeder and have to hover to feed, which is not a problem for these amazing little birds. Of course, once they have fed, they whisk away swiftly to a convenient branch on a pine tree to rest and recoup before trying again. They, or should I say “She”, tends to go back to the same resting place, so now, even if I don’t track her flight every-time that she does fly off, I stand a chance of spotting her on her particular branch perch.

We have only seen the one female at any one time, but last night, as the day was drawing to a close, a very black-looking Hummingbird appeared at the very top of our pine tree, as in my picture, and sat for a while observing the scenery about it. It was so small I only saw a tiny black blob at first, so it wasn’t until I zoomed in with my camera that I could identify it as a Hummingbird! The setting sun didn’t shine on it to really reveal whether or not it was a male or a female, so hopefully it will return to clarify this.

As well as these “Little Guys” entertaining us, there were others doing the same as well, either on the garden feeders, or by remaining on the ground, giving us something to watch, as they vied with each other for the best food spots. A Mourning Dove was squatting in the grass, as though on a nest, for the longest time, before joining a male and female Redwing Blackbirds for a spot of ground feeding together. What a lovely picture the three of them made together, with the sun shining on their respective colorful feathers.

They were not the only creatures co-existing in this way, as a Chipmunk, a female Cowbird, and a Rock Pigeon fed close-by them, also in close proximity to each other, with no “fuss or muss” going on between them. Maybe we could learn a lesson, or two, from them in our personal relationships!? 

Other birds in the “ground feeding” mode were White Crowned Sparrows and a couple of Song Sparrows, Cowbirds, Grackles, and more Mourning Doves and Pigeons. Now and again, they would take to the air in alarm, when a Red Squirrel would rush past in pursuit of either a rival Black or Grey one, despite being the smallest of the bunch! Feisty little devils they are too, reminding me of “Wee Red-haired Scotsmen”, who will take on anyone!! (Gosh! Sorry! As a Sassenach, I had better watch my tongue!)

I hope that you, too, are enjoying what the new influx of bird activity brings at this time of the year. We are still awaiting the return of the Bluebirds, and this shouldn’t be too long in coming either, since we now are hearing the songs of the House Wrens, in our backyard. Stay safe and well.

John Baldwin


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