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
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