We woke to a forty degree rise in temperature at sunrise this morning and there will be no outing for the dogs today. The hummingbird feeders are replenished and the Orioles have found equilibrium in their ravenous consumption of grape jelly and sugar-water.
A sad thing happened yesterday when we found a dead Hummer girl whose entire beak was wedged through the screening under the porch. We where shocked to find her there, because the spot she hit is a very secluded part of the screened in area under the porch. As you know, Sontheim is a place “where hummingbirds play” and every effort is made to provide a safe environment for our beloved visitors. However, sometimes unexpectedly, things go wrong.
When the same tragic hummingbird death occurred last summer on precisely the same spot, we thought it was just an awful fluke and would not likely repeat, but this second death questioned the wisdom of keeping the screens in place. So, early this morning, we took the screens down. Of course, that means that my office door will have to be kept shut to keep out the bugs and Felix, our inquisitive cat, will lose his favorite out-door play area where he enjoys an occasional romp with the dogs. Poor Felix will have to be restricted to the indoors.