Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Last Hummingbird?

Every year, in early April, 
we start watching for the appearance of the first hummingbird.
 Our earliest sighting was on the 8th, 
and they're usually here within a few days of that.

These flying jewels must have had a hard time in the Yucatan last winter, 
or on their flight back, 
because only a few of them returned to fight over our feeders.  
After the first nesting, when the next generation came around, 
they made up for the slow start.  
They kept us busy filling the feeders, 
and fascinated us with their acrobatic flights.

The last hummer could be leaving any day now, and they watch the sky, 
their tiny feathers fluffed against the cold.  
We'll miss them when they go.  
Maybe, somewhere in the Yucatan, someone's watching out the window, 
waiting for the first hummingbird.  

Hope they enjoy them as much as we do.

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Brian King said...

Those are fantastic shots, Connie! Nicely done!

pens and needles said...

Be safe, sweet bird! We'll be ready for your return next spring...

hannah said...

To think of these sweet things in somebody else's garden. Strange thought, but it does connect the world in the most wonderful way. BTW, you've got mail!

Lisa said...

I was watching my feeders the other evening and didn't see a one. I guess they've moved on to warmer climates now. Night time temps are going to dip into the upper 30s here over the weekend. These shots are so wonderful. I always love your nature shots.

Horst in Edmonton said...

Beautiful photos of a beautiful little bird. Well done Connie.

Lisa Gordon said...

What beautiful photographs these are, Connie.
You know, it's strange, but we had a real lack of these little ones this year also. I have to think it is a symptom of the very unusual weather we have had over the past year. i do hope they will be okay, and come back to us next summer.

Anonymous said...

Such beautiful shots of these jewels!

Carole M. said...

ooooh, it's adorable and your photographs are SO neat! I just love how it is perched on the end of the branch like that

Marco Alpha said...

Hey Connie,
These shots are wonderful!!
It's really amazing to see this little hummingbird in funny poses with a great colored background. They've got funny long beaks.

Greetings and have a good weekend,

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of the bird.

Pia said...

Wonderful photos Connie! The text you posted is a honor to this beauties!

TexWisGirl said...

really beautiful shots. ours are leaving us as well.

Kate said...

I'll have to try to attract them next spring. We have lots of birds, but never hummingbirds. Beautiful photos of such small, feisty and lovely birds.

lina@happy family said...

Awesome shots indeed. Very sweet bird.

Pat said...

So cute, perched at the tip of the branch, feathers fluffed up.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful captures... love the colors & clarity =)

Valerie said...

A delightful series of captures Connie. How greatly blessed we are to be surrounded by such delicate creatures. Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer Richardson said...

this sweet thing looks to be
quite fluffed up it a strong wind?
so amazing, the long delicate beak.
your photos speak so clearly.
love and hummingbird thanks,

Chubskulit Rose said...

HOw beautiful!

Hopping here from Camera Critters
Have a great weekend!

Saun said...

Fantastic shots I too will miss our little fellows.

Stewart M said...

You may miss these birds in the flesh (feather?) - but for those of us who never see them, we will miss the posts!

Nice pictures.

Glad you liked the spring shots.

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

Mary Howell Cromer said...

So sweet. I missed being able to bid farewell to our friends. When we returned, they had left and with no thank you note...I miss them already~

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

We're still getting small groups coming through. I had about half a dozen today, with a lot of tiny one (I'm guessing fledglings). I'll be waiting for them to return in February.

Jacqueline@ said...

Lovely! I miss them now as they left about 2 weeks ago :(
Thank you, Connie!