A delightful spring means a return of some of our favorite visitors, the hummingbirds.
Nevermind the fact that we go through untold amounts of sugar in preparing a sugar water solution for our hummers. Nevermind the fact that walking onto the front porch during hummingbird migration season means that you could come away with a beak to the temple from the little creatures passionately darting about. We love our hummers and enjoy a large number of them visiting our feeders each year! One of our dreams is to one day see a hummingbird nest!
I set out our Folkmanis hummingbird finger puppet, and it didn’t take Doodlebug long to discover it! And then of course, we had to read one of our favorite books, Ruby Throat: The Story of a Hummingbird written and illustrated by Robert McClung.
“It was spring. The gnarled old apple tree by the pond was in full bloom. Hundreds of bees were gathering pollen and nectar from the blossoms. Their buzzing wings made a soft humming sound all around the tree.
A tiny bird was flying around the apple tree, too. He wasn’t much bigger than a bumblebee, but he flew lots faster. In the May sunshine his back sparkled green and gold. He was a ruby-throated hummingbird.”