This is the last hummingbird to visit the garden before heading South, September 26th, and it got me thinking about leaving and letting go. Joy can come from things we do, not the things we own.
Having enough is always better than having too much. That is something that can be learned in nature.
I haven’t posted hummingbirds since August 5th, in the post Hummers on the Wing, and August 14, My August Garden Rocks Loud, but they were plentiful none the less. They were common too. I was busy photographing migratory birds. The shore and wading birds are less common here, but…
Nothing is wrong with being small and ordinary.
The hummingbirds are individual messengers of “happy” They don’t fly in flocks. They can teach a lesson in individuality and doing things challenging on your own. They can teach that…
There is “special” in the everyday.
I almost forget about my little hummers right here at home.
Seeing the hummingbirds arrive from Southern Canada, I made sure the feeders were full for those late stragglers. Just one day of cold weather or difficulty finding flowers can mean death.
I am not sure where this girl was headed, but I was happy to give her one for the road. It can take a hummingbird over a week to reach its wintering grounds from here if it does not spend extended time feeding or resting. Likely, it takes about 2 weeks if they do have to wait for decent flying weather.
Perseverance and keeping the course.
Generally, ruby-throats are so inquisitive to be attracted to feeders, but this was the first year they really used them daily in my garden. The dry season made for dry plants. And dry plants made for a lot of territorial conflicts.
Sense of wonder, resolution and adapting.
One tip I learned this year, is if one wants to get close to hummingbirds, wear red. They come flying in to check you out. Last year I posted Photographing a Hummingbird in Flight – Useful Tips. It is a popular post where the hummingbird teaches us to listen, watch and learn. The hummingbird teaches us…
Patience and the pleasure of just waiting and watching.
Hope she made it where she was going…she has much more important things to teach where she is going, and I hope THEY give a listen.
And you know, the hummingbirds are a pretty picture too!
See PBS’s Nature, EarthFlight to see some amazing video and full episodes of birds in flight as they travel the world.