I had an incredible experience today with one of the hummingbirds in residence.
I took the feeder inside to wash and fill with “nectar”, a process which must have taken a few minutes. As soon as I came back out and closed the screen door behind me, a hummingbird rushed toward me as I approached the feeder hook, sending me questions like “where did you go with this? why did it take you so long? “.
He was literally half arm length away from my face watching intently at what I was doing, lingering in mid air as I reached for the hook to put the feeder back up. I stared at him for a few seconds too, wondering whether he would fly away as I reached for the feeder, or he would attack me, or …where is the camera when you need it?
He waited, still lingering in mid air, until the feeder was in place. He then approached and started “trying out” the little hole dispensers, going around until he found the one releasing the juice, as the rest must have had some water from washing.
He fed for a few more seconds, uninterrupted by my presence, and then charmingly flew back up to the trees.
I don’t know about you but I have never had such a close encounter with a bird before, especially one whose power medicine I have been working with for the last couple of months. So now, the little guy with the red mark on his throat has a name; “the hummingbird with an attitude”.