Our first 2009 hummingbird babies arrived at the feeder in front of the kitchen window last week. This is an event we await every year with great anticipation and we rejoice when the young birds finally appear.
It is quite easy to identify the fledglings because they seem larger than the adult birds. They are all fluffed out, their beaks are a little shorter and the the tails seem stubby. In addition, they are always clumsy when landing on the feeders and sometimes it takes them several tries to insert their beaks into the feeding ports.
Much to my regret I cannot show you close-ups of our birds because I have yet to upgrade my camera with the proper zoom lense. However, to give you a taste of what I see at my kitchen window, I will share with you three unforgetable books that I received as a gift from my daughter a few years back.
“First Flight is the beautifully photographed story of Honey and her two chicks, Ray and Zen. In stunning full-color close-ups, it captures the grace, the beauty, and the simultaneous strenth and fragility of one of nature’s tiniest birds.”
The second book recounts the story of a young hummingbird that missed its first flight to the South and escaped certain death by wintering in a sun-room in Saugerties, New York.
And here, on the back of the dust jacket is a picture of Squeak, preening on a small branch.
And finally, here is a journal in poetry and water colored pictures of a hummingbird that set up house on a family’s patio.