I prefer winter and Fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show. ~Andrew Wyeth

Thursday, July 10, 2008

A Hummingbird in the Heat

This was the temperature on our front porch yesterday. I went out to water some plants that were looking desperate and while I was watering the containers this little hummingbird flew over and perched himself on the edge of the blue planter. We feed these little guys with a hanging feeder on the other end of the porch, so I'm use to having them fly around us when we're out there. I'm sure it was the water, trickling out of the hose, that caught his attention. But then he landed right nearby , which kind of surprised me.
I think it's an Anna's hummer. They are prevalent around here, but he seemed so small and lackluster. Maybe the smoke was cramping his style too. Maybe he was a young one.
Then he did the most amazing thing. He started drinking the water from the hose nozzle. He must have been dying for something cool to drink. He didn't even seem to mind when it splashed on him. He was having a good time..., enjoying the water that had finally come his way. The feeder that we fill every morning was almost empty and the water was very warm, even though it was under the porch eaves. Well, this little bird just decided to take matters into his own hands.
I love it when these things happen. He (or maybe it was a "she"; I'm not sure) took full advantage of the situation even though a human was standing over him. He must have been nervous about being so close to me but he went ahead and took the drink anyway. What bravery!..., and I got the photo shoot of the summer.
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  1. Connie, I'm enjoyed the photos. it is nice to see a humming bird still for a second.

    I hope things are still ok in your neck of the woods and the fires are not a threat. Hugs and Blessings! That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

  2. How wonderful. Great pictures.

  3. Oh my... poor little guy. Those critters know they can trust Elli May and Pa. I think you may have a returning hummer with this one. Doesn't it feel great when a critter that has lived free and wild all of its life will lets it's guard down and trust you? I just loved those pictures.

    Tell the Prospector he may have to build an addition onto the goat house because with the fires you just may be getting a lot more four legged visitors coming your way.

  4. you're on the spot with that camera. Great shots, neat experiences. I'm grateful you're sharing.

  5. What a gift you received, watching this jewel of nature up close and very personal!


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