In case you wondered,
...No, I'm not taking a blogging break!
I'm talking about my little hummingbirds.
I think they are gone UNTIL NEXT YEAR!
The little "hummers" usually arrive around my birthday in April,
and I consider their presence a great birthday gift!
For the past several years I've also been keeping track
of when they leave.
For three consecutive years,
October 5th seems to be the magic number.
|This was one of the last little stragglers.|
|I heard his little "tweaking" noise as I went to get the mail,|
so I just sat on the front porch and watched him for awhile.
...And he appeared to be watching me, too,
looking at me between taking time to groom himself.
|It was October 5th,|
...and I wondered if it would be his last visit.
I kind of felt like he was saying good-bye!
A cold front was predicted to come through later that evening.
that was the last I saw of him -
...Or was it a her???
Maybe the male ruby throats had gone ahead
to find a winter nesting place somewhere down south?
|I could hardly believe how much nectar was gone from the feeders.|
The last two stragglers were chubby enough that their "take-offs" looked
to be in slow motion compared to what they had been
earlier in the summer.
I wondered if they rode out on the same wind
that brought in the cold front to the Ozarks on the night of October 5th...
It amazes me what instincts God has given them.
Job talks about learning from the wisdom of birds,
and then later cries out for God, our Maker,
"who gives us songs in the night",
"who makes us wiser than the birds".
In Psalm 50, Asaph tells of God's greatness,
with verse 11 saying God knows all the birds.
Matthew 6:26 says God feeds the birds,
so I guess His eye is on my little hummingbirds, too!
So, UNTIL NEXT YEAR...
I guess I'll be blogging about other stuff!
To see my latest Names of God on Rocks post,
Or click HERE to see Wild Bird Wednesday!