that continues to this day.

Partial to red

The male hummingbird that stopped by to snack on our

roses was typical of its species. Weighing less than a


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penny, it was approximately 3 inches long and had

shimmering, rusty-red throat feathers, as well as shiny

metallic-green feathers across its back. Feeding on the

fly, it hovered and even flew backward as it invisibly

flapped its wings 80 times per second.

Ruby-throated hummingbirds prefer nectar from red

flowers, and their long and needle-like beaks help them

get nectar that's too deep for even bees to reach.

Which reminds me, red-colored hummingbird feeders,

designed to dispense sugar water, work just as well at

attracting hummingbirds to a property as do red roses or

other red flowers.

Unfortunately, ruby-throated hummingbirds are migratory

rather than resident birds. In fact, the one that visited

me was probably heading south to spend winter somewhere

warm and tropical, such as Ecuador, for instance.

I wonder if it'll remember me and the tasty meal it

had at our place, then return next September.

This week in the garden

Before the foliage of our spring-flowering bulbs

withered and vanished, I marked what they were and where

they were planted, so I wouldn't inadvertently dig them up

when I wanted to plant more spring-flowering bulbs this

fall.