Monday, May 14, 2018

#MicroblogMondays: Just for me

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On Sunday, while rocking a fever of 102 degrees F, I hung a hummingbird feeder. Despite protests from Grey that the location and method I picked were generally not good (in a spot I cannot observe them, too high to reach without a ladder, no where near the rest of the flowers we have on the back patio and right where there's lots of human traffic), I dug out the cordless electric drill we have and made a hole in install a ceiling hanger.

Grey's points were all good ones. Sound ones. Ones that any sane and reasonable person would quickly agree with. But the thing is, despite all the cons of my choice, I really wanted to attract hummingbirds. Over the past 3 years in Boston, I didn't see a single one and I didn't realize how much I missed these creatures until I saw them in the front lawn a couple of weeks ago. In addition, this mating pair has been hunting the front yard looking for flowers, so I knew that a feeder would be a welcome attraction if for no other reason than to just get them use to the idea.

Plus there's the selfish reason that the act of hanging a hummingbird feeder makes me happy.

This morning, this mating pair has been scouting the situation; flying so insanely close to me as I've been in the door way that you can see the small details on their bodies. I have no idea if they've actually used the feeder, but in my eyes it's a start. And just knowing that makes me happy. Even if it all ends up being just for me.


  1. That is so cool! Humming birds are so neat to see.

    Also, 102 degree fever - ugh! I hope you are feeling better soon.

  2. How exciting! I feel certain they'll use it – and probably have already! Those little guys need so many calories every day that they're not gonna be picky. You'll probably see that pair a lot. Enjoy!

    PS My MM post is here:

  3. So cool! And looks like it's already working.

    Get well soon!

  4. My parents have a hummingbird feeder outside of their dining room window, and we often see birds there in the summertime when we're sitting at the table. Some years we see more or less than others. They are amazing creatures!

  5. This is wonderful! My childhood home's hummingbird feeder was also in a spot that couldn't be reached without a ladder. I have a vivid, fond memory of getting 'beaked' in the ear one day as an angry hummingbird tried to protect 'his flower' from me! Hopefully you birds will be a bit more polite!

  6. I hope you're feeling better! I love that you have the hummingbird feeder where you want it. You can always get another one to put in another location, but this one looks great where it is! And how amazing to have hummingbird fly-bys. They're not quite out yet here, but we have some that nest in the trees behind our house. They love hostas, too, I found out when they visited those more than my feeder!

  7. This makes me so happy. You could say I'm humming with happiness.

    Hope you are all better.

  8. Having something just for you is a perfectly good reason to do this. I've only seen a hummingbird once, in Canada, so I'm quite jealous!


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