Hummingbirds Resilient in Desert Heat
Hummingbirds are some of the most resilient and powerful critters in the bird kingdom. Their teensy size belies their resiliency and strength. I think of them as the Chihuahuas of the bird kingdom. As the movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua proclaimed, “Tiny but Mighty!” I’ve had feeders on my patio since moving to Phoenix a decade ago. We are the lucky ones who get them year round. Last year one built her nest on the wires connecting two patio fans. This year, she chose a small crystal dolphin windchime as her perch. Perhaps she thought the gentle chimes would be a lullabye for her babies.
In the past week they have almost doubled in size. It’s hard working because I’m glued to the patio door window watching them from behind the curtain so I won’t startle them. Last year I watched as the mother poked at their little bottoms to get them to fly. One took the hint quickly, but the other just wouldn’t budge. It was a cartoon appreciated by every mother of a 15 year old child. Even in the bird kingdom, the kids throw temper tantrums and refuse to budge. I watched in amusement as the mom would push and the baby would turn her back. The mom would fly to the other side of the nest and the baby would turn her back again. One day I watched for 4 hours and didn’t notice the time had flown by.
It IS amazing how humans and the critter kingdom aren’t all that different.
Above is this year’s nest and to the right is a rather blurry picture of the mom from last year urging her baby to fledge. (I’ve decided it’s time for a new camera to keep up with these little creatures.)
Have a wonderful weekend!
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