Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Hummingbird Hallelujah!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Late in the day on Easter Sunday, while Phoebe and I were tossing the softball, our sharp-eyed red-headed girl spotted the first returning male ruby-throated hummingbird.

"Mama! There's a hummingbird at the feeder. I think it's an adult male!" That's my girl!
Redhead and redbud.

I was unable to get an image of First Guy until this morning. Can I hear a "hallelujah?" The hummers are back.

Now the question in our minds is: Will any of the three males that Julie raised from orphaned nestlings to releasable youngsters two summers ago return to spend the summer with us again?

We'll know if they come peeping around us as we eat our dinner outside in the front yard. Last year all three returned. You can listen to Julie's NPR commentary, "My Hummingbird Summer" here.

Incidentally, if you live in the Washington DC area, Julie is presenting a program and signing books at The National Zoo this Thursday evening, April 20, at 7:00 pm.


On April 18, 2006 at 7:39 PM pablo said...

Congratulations on your hummingbird visitor. I'm still awaiting my first arrival here in Kansas City.

On April 19, 2006 at 8:30 AM Rondeau Ric said...

Hallelujah Brother!

On April 19, 2006 at 4:43 PM Susan Gets Native said...

Glad you got your first little guy. Tell him to pass on the word that some folks in Cincinnati are EAGERLY awaiting the arrival of his kin!

On April 19, 2006 at 8:36 PM Bill of the Birds said...

Susan: will do! We've had a BWD subscriber call to report the RTH's arrival in Cincii already, so keep a sharp lookout.

Ric: Amen!