Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Since then she holds her head slightly off center and fluffs up her feathers when the other hummingbirds are not cold so her collision with the window has some residuals. She migrates with the other hummingbirds and returns to this very same feeder each year. She has a slight palsy and the other hummingbirds chase each other around but not her. She is left alone and it has been a pleasure to see her return each year.
Yesterday when the feeder was empty she remained perched on it even though I had taken it from its hook. I had to wait until she was ready to fly off to bring it inside to refill it. Hummingbirds have a terrific memory and can remember each flower in their territory, when they last fed at that flower and when it will have available nectar again. For such a small bird they are remarkable and our little female exemplifies that quality. I don't know where she migrates to each year but if she goes to a feeder where ever she is at I hope the people there realize just what a survivor they have in her presence. This girl has demonstrated she is a survivor even with her collision disabilities. I was surprised she returned the first year and now anticipate her presence and enjoy same.