On Saturday I posted pictures of our first hummingbird of the season.
Rain was forecast for Sunday. The rain began in the morning. It soon turned to snow. Within minutes there was a layer of snow covering everything including the hummingbird feeder.
The hummingbird came swooping around the feeder shortly after the picture of the feeder was taken. We removed the snow from the feeder and the hummingbird soon came back.
I took my first ever picture of a hummingbird in the snow. We also saw a second hummingbird who we believe was the female. She made a brief visit but we did not see her again. The snow melted by noon.
Have I said that I love hummingbirds? Just another thread of my life.
Hummingbirds fascinate me. One of my great delights these days is watching one of nature’s engineering masterpieces come and go to and from the feeder mounted on our living room window. We were thrilled when the first tiny black-chinned hummingbird of the season showed up at the feeder Monday evening. We abandoned all activities while we watched him feed and fly away. We waited for his return.
He did not disappoint us. He came back several times during the course of the evening.
Since the first appearance we have seen him on a regular basis. Frequently over the next several months we will turn our attention to the window to watch the vision of the dainty birds’ mid-air dances. We think they have a nest in one of the trees near our back deck. As the season moves on, we expect to see the female counterparts. They will be joined by other species. We typically see interesting territorial battles between the various hummingbirds.
This brings to mind one of my all time favorite cross-stitch pieces. It is an appropriate selection for this week’s Stitching Post to mark the seasonal return of the hummingbirds.
Project Details: “Bird Watching” from Leisure Arts The Magazine, Cross Stitch, June 1998, Designed by Barbara Baatz. Stitched over 2 fabric threads of 25 count white Laguna with 3 strands of DMC embroidery floss. Custom framed.