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About three years ago we saw our very first hummingbird at our house. It was very exciting for us and we immediately set up a feeder.  We did not see one again until the following summer when once again we saw one for one time only.  I know lots of people see hummingbirds all the time, but for us it seems the rarest of all bird sightings and it made us so excited.  Yesterday we were eating breakfast when I saw what seemed to be a big cicada flying at our window. I realized, though, that it was a hummingbird.  He hovered for quite a while, seeming so curious about us, looking right through our big window at all of us.  I went outside and set up the hummingbird feeder with food, assuming that as in years past we wouldn’t see it again. Wrong! This morning he came back and went right to the feeder!!! And stayed long enough for some photos. I wasn’t able to catch a picture of him with his wings beating, but I’m hoping he’ll be back. Oh, and when he wasn’t at the feeder he went to the tall hosta flowers (which I think look a bit unsightly, but I have deliberately not cut them because bees like them and apparently so do hummingbirds), visited a bush that didn’t seem to have any flowers on it, and also flew over to a few late summer roses.  This, and a very generous recent gift certificate to White Flower Farm, are all the motivation we needed to get started on the bird/butterfly garden we’ve wanted to create since last year.  Hooray for hummingbirds!!!


About Sarah

I'm a librarian living with my lovely family in a gorgeous spot of New Jersey, where we raise chickens and love the outdoors. I try to find enough time to indulge all my hobbies-cooking, photography, gardening, sewing, and I write about it all on my book blog & personal blog.

7 responses »

  1. Congrats on attracting this little guy! So cool! My husband has seen one around our back garden, but I haven’t managed to be there at the right time yet.

  2. Thanks Anne! say, how is your bathouse doing? Have you seen any going in or out of it? We finally put ours up, but did not put it in a good place and have been meaning to move it.

  3. Hummingbirds are like aliens or lightning, you just have to be there at the exact right moment…for all we know he comes back every ten minutes!

  4. Hummingbirds are truly flying wonders.

  5. When we were in VT recently we stayed at a B and B that is a working diary farm and watched a hummingbird cruise around a clump of red bee balm for about 15 min. This was right before eating a huge country breakfast and then watching a calf being born. Anyway, plant bee balm!

  6. Nancy that sounds so great. My brother in Vermont often sees hummingbirds. They seem so delicate and tropical that that always surprises me. Bee balm is now on the list!

  7. We haven’t seen any bats in or near the bat house, but we have seen some in the back yard. According to what we’ve heard, sometimes it’ll take them over a year to get comfy enough with a newly installed house to be ready to move in, so we’re not giving up hope. And since we’ve seen them flying above the back yard, we know they’re living somewhere nearby.


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