These little, fast beauties are gearing up for their annual fall migration to points south of New England, as far as Central America.
With that being said, they are filling their gas tanks, much like we fill our gas tanks in our vehicles for a road trip.
Tonight I saw quite a few while I was out in the yard during the late afternoon and early evening. They were enjoying the tall canna plants, with red flowers ablaze. There were also a few visiting the regular bird feeder. One in fact stopped right over my head as I was digging. It took me a moment to recognize the sound of his wings - I thought for sure I was hearing some far off syncopated beat.... sort of like Barry Manilow's Copacabana!
I swear that I could see another bazillion more hummingbirds every day before I die and still be very excited every single time!
This picture is taken by a friend of mine, a talented photog, Mr. Ben Salisbury.
You can find out lots of cool facts about hummingbirds, and all sorts of birds for that matter, on the Cornell website.
How do you feel about the small and mighty hummers? They are quite a story, aren't they?