It is Saturday. Early this morning I thought I caught a peek of one flying away from the feeder. Usually when I think I see one it'll come right back if I hold still and be quiet. But it didn't return while I was watching.
I took the feeder down, rinsed it out, and put fresh sugar water in it. I rehung it even though by now I was feeling very pessimistic. After all, I had put my feeder out during the last days of March - when the migration map showed that the hummingbirds were approaching. I was so excited about their arrival that I wrote about it here.
For over a month. Nothing.
I went about my business, puttering around on a lazy Saturday.
Just a few minutes ago, while I was sitting on the couch crocheting Jenny Hats, I saw movement.
There he/she was! He/she took a drink then perched on the hanger. Watching me watch him/her. The birds are always backlit. And I shoot photos through the screen. It is very hard to see what color they are. Unfortunately, if I don't keep the screen door closed my crazy cat goes out to the balcony and plans to catch the birds. You can see it in her eyes and in the twitch of her tail.
Maybe this year, I'll get better photos. Until then... here are my photos of him/her perched there for about 10 minutes... letting my snap photos from this side of the patio door.
|photo while seated on the couch ... through the screen|
|standing up and a bit closer to the door.. and|
he/she is just watching me. Must be a bird from last
year who is comfortable with me.
|He/she stayed there as I moved around, peeking|
between the blinds! Still can't get a good color
photo of the bird, but I could see a small white stripe
at the end of the tailfeathers.
Ruby-throated hummgbird identification - AllAboutBirds.org
My first Hummingbird visitors of 2015.
My review of the movie Super Hummingbirds by Nature. I love this documentary. The video recordings of a variety of hummingbirds is amazing.