Most of you have already met my little friend Sara. If not, please allow me the privilege of introducing her now.
She's a fairy princess…
a pastry sous chef…
A prima ballerina, book lover, nature girl…
and Nancy Drew-in-training. We have so much fun together, my little neighbor friend and I!
Example: We wandered into my backyard yesterday afternoon, with plans to water the fairy garden we created a short while back. Sara got side-tracked by some roly-poly seed pods, scattered on the ground. One thing led to another, and…oh, look!* Look up, Sara! Do you see what I see, on the edge of that branch?
A Mama Hummingbird, nesting in my backyard podocarpus tree, as pretty as you please!
(*Look = a wondrous word. Can I get a witness?)
We stood quietly together, watched Mama play sentry. She turned her head to and fro, no doubt aware of our presence.
But hummingbirds don't scare easily, especially when they've come to know you as the one who refills the nectar in their feeder.
I snapped some pictures, and when she flew off to get some sustenance…
…I zoomed the lens a little closer. Voilà, two tic-tac sized eggs, tucked inside her nest!
Some of you might remember the backyard hummingbirds I documented a few years ago, from first discovery to fledge. It'll be SO FUN to do something similar with my little pal, Sara!
Now that you've met my backyard buddies, I'll let you in on another little secret. I decided just this morning to give Mama Hummingbird a name! Hope, the thing with feathers… It suits her, don't you think?
I’m already looking forward to your reports!
Thanks, Stace. I’m excited every morning to see how/if things have changed. But having been down this road before, I know that sorrow sometimes accompanies great joy. Life (Nature) is like that, and I’m trying to keep that in mind.
I don’t know which I find more enchanting, that adorable little girl (just like us!) or the new hummingbird nest. I’m so jealous–if hummingbirds nest around here (and they must because they *are* here), I have yet to spot one. Please keep another journal on this new family.
I will, Candice. We will watch and learn from these wee birds together.
(Sara’s a sweetheart, and I am so lucky to have her as my neighbor!)
Soooo lovely! 😀 Can’t wait to read more! 😀
I feel as if I’ve been offered the key to a treasure box of jewels. 🙂
Sara is so blessed to have you sharing the delights of nature and life 🙂
Thank you so much for saying that, Robin. It’s a blessing (and a healing) for me, too. 🙂
What a sweet friend you have, and how lovely that the two of you discovered a hummingbird nest together.
Indeed!! My cup is full and running over. 🙂
How exciting, sharing your love for hummingbirds with Sara!
YES! She’d love to watch your sweet tulips grow, too, I am certain.
Of course, Emily also wrote about hummingbirds. There’s her terrific “riddle poem”, “a route of evanescence”.
Whoa, that’s deep. I’m so glad they discovered the letter in which she hinted at its true meaning, and that poetry aficionados like you are kind enough to make it accessible. Here’s another source I found after trying to figure out the riddle for myself (which, by the way, proved impossible): http://www.shmoop.com/route-of-evanescence/summary.html
Cool happenings in your backyard!
YES! Lucky me. I’m glad you joined us. Next time, I should lay out a tea service and scones. 🙂
What fun! I wish I had a neighbor like you. :>)
I wish you were my neighbor! Come visit, anytime! Anytime at all. xo
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