Good Morning little hummer, (Archilochus colubris). Have you come to say goodbye? How do you hover, beating your wings 55 times per second, with such exquisite control, looking at me eye to eye? Truly you are unique among birds. Your common name Ruby Throated Hummingbird doesn’t do you justice. It should be “brilliant- dazzling-ruby-throat”. I hope you enjoyed my yard this summer. I will try to plant more red and orange flowers which you love to dip your long tongue in to sip nectar. Have you feasted to keep up your high metabolism? As you migrate I am sure you will find plenty more flowers because of your good color vision that can even see into the ultraviolet spectrum.
I’m going to miss your visits to my deck and your close inspection to see if I am writing about you. Your migration is a long one along the coast and onto Florida, the Outer Banks, Mexico, Central America and even the Caribbean Islands. Be sure to tank up before making your extraordinary 8-hour nonstop crossing of the Gulf of Mexico. I’ve heard you might have friends there as well. Your loyalty to my yard is appreciated. I’ll see you again in the spring and will track your return on the migration map at http://www.hummingbirds.net/index.html. Have a good flight. Bon Voyage.
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