Hum­ming Along

This un­ex­pected vis­i­tor was a wel­come sight

Our Canada - - Birds & Blooms - By Teresa Brunt, Ed­mon­ton

Igrew up in the An­napo­lis Val­ley in Nova Sco­tia where hum­ming­birds were a com­mon sight. I’ve lived in Ed­mon­ton for 36 years now, and un­til re­cently, had never seen one here— it made me re­al­ize I had taken hum­ming­bird sight­ings for granted.

I be­gan gardening in the small back­yard of our town­house here in Ed­mon­ton about 15 years ago—it’s now com­pletely filled with an­nu­als and peren­ni­als, no grass to mow! My spot at the kitchen ta­ble looks out over this tiny oa­sis and I of­ten sit there, lost in thought.

In Au­gust of 2013, I was sit­ting in my spot at the ta­ble with a cof­fee and the cross­word puz­zle when, out of the cor­ner of my eye, I no­ticed some­thing land on a plant. A grasshop­per? I looked again—to my shock, it was a hum­ming­bird! Where was my cam­era? Afraid to open the back door for fear of fright­en­ing it away, I sat at the win­dow snap­ping as many pics as I could through the glass, hop­ing they’d turn out. It was the high­light of my sum­mer!

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