Saturday, June 5, 2010
Well, summer is finally here, and are my hummingbirds! There really is nothing like the beauty of a hummingbird buzzing about your flowers and taking sips of nectar from your feeders strategically placed throughout your garden. I could sit on the deck for hours, taking it all in.
I had the most unusual hummingbird experience about a week ago when I was cleaning and filling my bird bath. (Pictured above with the hummingbird feeder directly above) While vigorously spraying water into the bath, the direction of the stream continued onto a hosta directly behind the bath. The leaves were swishing back and forth by the force of the water. To my very delighted surprise, a beautiful hummingbird was going leaf to leaf, appearing to land on her belly and rest for a split second, and taking in sips of the cool water....OMG! I stood there frozen, not wanting to scare her off and completely take in the experience.
I immediately "Googled Judy" (any gardening/bird question is directed to my Mom, so this is what I call getting information from Judy) it was determined that this delicate creature was a female Ruby Throated Hummingbird. The male, whom I've seen only twice, sports the vibrant ruby color over his throat.
I hope you are able to get your hands in the dirt a bit. Living in such an urban area, it's really great to feel connected to nature. Even if you have only space to do a couple of clay pots on your balcony or deck, I encourage you to do so. Last year Ryan and I planted a couple of patio tomato plants. I couldn't believe how many tomatoes they produced!
I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed day!