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Monday, August 26, 2013

HUMMINGBIRD, DON'T FLY AWAY - Part 1

The sweetness of your nectar
Has drawn me like a fly
I just love you, love you, love you
I don't even know the reason why now

Hummingbird don't fly away, fly away
Hummingbird don't fly away, fly away

Seals and Croft - Hummingbird

Several years ago, I had two hummingbird feeders hanging on my porch.  All summer long we were visited by swarms of tiny little hummingbirds.  I sat on my porch swing enjoying the sights and sounds of twenty or thirty tiny little missiles blazing around.   I have since learned that you should never have two or more feeders located within sight of each other because hummingbirds are territorial, and the constant battling which ensues makes it hard for any hummer to rest, relax and drink.  Therefore, I now have only one feeder on the front porch but I sure do miss the action that two feeders brought.
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That same summer, I was fortunate enough to be able to hold one of those tiny creatures for a few seconds.  I was sitting on my swing drinking my morning coffee when a tiny bird seemed to fall out of the sky.  It bounced around for a minute then landed in a flower pot.  I then realized that it was a young bird.  Perhaps it had just left its nest, and that was its first solo flight, I don't know, but it did let me pick it up and I held it in my open hand for a few seconds before it flew off.   Hummingbird, dont fly away, fly away.....
I will never forget how soft and fragile it was, and at that moment I felt so very special.  God had presented me with a special gift that I knew only few would ever experience, and I will never forget!   It was awesome!!!!

Because we had so many hummers that year, I wondered where they were nesting at and I noticed that one tree in particular down by the creek had three or four tiny round 'thingys' scattered on its branches.   High up in the tree, they did,  in fact, look like one had fashioned small little nest balls and perched them on a branch.  I noticed that the hummingbirds always seemed to perch in that tree before and after visiting my feeders so I always wondered if those might actually be hummingbird nests.

This year we have only one hummingbird feeder and there have only been few occasions when I have seen more than one bird at a time at it.   The "nesting tree" suffered from some sort of blight or something, and it was diseased for several years.  Although it is dead, it is still standing but no more hummingbirds use it for perches, and never again have I seen those 'ornaments' on any tree branches.  Of course, I could be wrong and no one can prove otherwise but I do believe that they were indeed hummingbird nests. 
                                           Hummingbird Nest
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more information:                How To Find A Hummingbird Nest
                                         
                                         

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