Our sweet girl Henrietta the broad tail hummingbird is dying on her perch. They claim hummingbirds live 3-5 years but Henrietta has been around for us for at least 12 years. She has always been the first to arrive and the last to leave. When she was young she flew into the window and we revived her and she has lived all these years. She is dying at a place where she knew she was loved. We always talked to her and told her how much we cared for her. I suppose most would consider us weird that we had a connection with a hummingbird but Henrietta was special.
It is not very funny how we can get so attached to a tiny bird that has given us loyalty for so many years. We are very sad to see her go but she won't have the long migration this year. She hung on until the last as we take the feeders in next week. This too is a tearful goodbye to Henrietta....RIP girl, you will really be missed.