My favorite bird of all is the hummingbird. This is an amazing little creature that can fly backwards, forward, up and down while drinking from feeders or flowers.
This is a sad time for me. These lovely little visitors to our four bird feeders have been busily tanking up for their long trip to South America. Watching them is a joy for me especially during our troubling times in this never-ending Pandemic and violent year. It won’t be long before they fly away before the weather gets cooler and unsafe for their little bodies to survive.
I feel peace when I watch them as they feed. I have a feeder at my kitchen window and love watching them as they greet me with wings that flap so rapidly that they look like they are standing still. It’s amazing. Some of these little birds are shy while others like this one are as curious about me as I am about them.
This little guy above took a break from his feeding to look at me. So sweet! I will miss them terribly but wish them well on their long journey.
The photo above is of the smallest hummingbird I ever photographed. He is adorable, don’t you think? He was the bravest one too. He stayed at the feeder and looked at me as much as I looked at him. He didn’t mind me being there. Most birds fly away once they spot me there.
I captured this bird in mid-air. It’s incredible watching them hover over the feeders so effortlessly. I never tire observing them.
If you would like to know more about these amazing and gorgeous little birds go here.
Here is a poem I wrote many years ago about these little birds.
by Janice Spina
It’s as delicate as a butterfly
And graceful as a lark.
Wings beating in a symphonic rhythm
As it maneuvers around each flower,
And dips its beak to draw out the sweet-smelling nectar.
I watch as it moves effortlessly.
Its iridescent wings rapidly beating
As it hovers like an acrobat in midair.
Its feathers glisten with color and reflect the sun’s rays.
Seeing this bird in its element is to experience pure wonder and joy.
One knows there is something greater out there
That made the glorious hummingbird!
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