A hummingbird experience
Posted 18 August 2008 - 04:02 AM
Yesterday I turned on my sprinklers and wanted to make sure they weren't sprinkling over into my neighbor's yard. I also have honeysuckle plants along one side of my yard where the sprinkler was. (The honeysuckle smells wonderful at night). So I'm peering from my window looking at the tops of my honeysuckle when I spotted something that looked like a leaf moving back and forth. I thought it must be a leaf and the wind was blowing it around. Then I fixed my eyes on it and noticed it had a beak and wings that were flapping so fast you couldn't see them. It was a hummingbird in my yard, on my honeysuckle. It was like having a vision. I told my daughter when she came home and she gave me that "Oh boy here she goes again" look. I get do excited about the simplest things sometimes.
My other encounter with nature was a few weeks ago. I live one block from the Illinois/Indiana border. I love driving into Indiana for gas and groceries. The Indiana casino is also a hop and a skip away. I rarely go but I do enjoy the buffet. My sister invited me to go with her to the grand re-opening and to have dinner at the buffet. It was delicious and I tried my best to eat as much as I could. It was night time when we left and on our way home, we were driving along the boulevard which is a very busy street when my sister says "What is that?" I said "Where?" She said "There." It was a huge buck, antlers and all, making its way across the street. Naturally we slowed down to let the buck cross safely but we couldn't believe what we had just seen. Then of course I mention this to my daughter Megan and she says "Mom don't you remember me telling you I saw a couple of deer across from the mini-mall?" There's a (very) small lake and forest preserve nearby.
Wow, is all I can say! I do know I'm more observant now than I used to be.
Posted 18 August 2008 - 06:35 AM
I feed the birds and the squirrels and for what I pay out in feed I have long said that I should put them down as dependents on my taxes..........
Posted 18 August 2008 - 08:24 AM
I agree. Nature is full of WOW's and wonderful entertainment. I have a birdbath that sits on the ground not too far from my patio door. Ofcourse, the cats sit at the door and watch the outside world. There are 2 chipmunks that take great delight in racing back and forth in front of the door to torment the cats . Sometimes they'll sit on the birdbath and stare at them. The birds and rabbits will do the same thing because they know that the cats can't get to them. It's hilarious to watch. The squirrels just sit on the fence, shake their tail, and make that clicking noise. Can't help but laugh.
Posted 18 August 2008 - 01:01 PM
I have honeysuckle, too, growing on the fence by the driveway, near my big living room window. I thought *I* saw a hummingbird, but nope, it was a "hummingbird moth" and maybe just as exciting, if not as pretty. I'd never heard of them before, have you all??
And maybe the most exciting thing Mother Nature has ever given me? Back when I was still cross-country skiing, I came over the crest of a hill just at sunset, and there was a herd of deer, right in front of me. They hadn't heard or smelled me and didn't spook for several minutes. OH MY!! Twenty some years later and I can still see them, plain as day.
It's the small things that really give us joy, isn't it?
Posted 18 August 2008 - 07:55 PM
I hadn't heard of hummingbird moths, and now I'm curious to see one. You just taught me something new. Border Collies are beautiful dogs with their long hair. Some sights of beauty, like your herd of deer at sunset, sound breath taking. You're so right, it is the small things that give us joy!
(I'm a country girl at heart)
Posted 19 August 2008 - 12:48 PM
I'm a hummingbird aficionado! We have several feeders and watch between 20-60 hummers at a time fighting over the perches. They are simply adorable!!!
We also have all kinds of colored finches and other song bird. I've made basically a bird habitat in our backyard. It's so wonderful to sit on the deck and watch them all.
Posted 19 August 2008 - 01:10 PM
Bunches of Hugs,
Posted 02 September 2008 - 05:47 PM
Smiles to all
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Posted 05 September 2008 - 12:19 PM
Peggy, I agree we should enjoy these beautiful visions of nature before the seasons change.
Nightfrog, I never realized how small hummingbirds are. They are so awesome and amazing to watch!
A country girl at heart,