Saturday, April 16, 2011
What Kind of Hummingbird Are You?
It has been spring here in South Texas for the last 2 months. The hummingbirds have been busier than usual, perhaps as a result of the drought. We didn't have the wildflowers this year for them to feast on, so they have flocked to my feeders in record number. I think you can only find 6 (you can click on the photo to enlarge it and find them) in this picture, but there were 20 of them swarming around these feeders this morning. (I spooked them when I came out to take a picture.)That doesn't count the 8 that were sitting on a feeder across the patio. I have been refilling at least one feeder every day now. I filled these three yesterday afternoon! My sugar bill will be higher than my water bill if this keeps up! It's worth it, though, to watch them.
They are like people in some ways - there's a bully in every group who claims the feeder as his own and guards it jealously. He dive bombs any interlopers that might come by, chattering loudly the whole time! Then there are the birds who don't seem to mind in the least sharing with others.
Some seem to be constantly flitting around. They find a place to perch and stay there between "snacks". Did you know that hummingbirds also eat bugs, including mosquitoes? As far as I'm concerned, I get my money's worth from them. I will buy all the sugar I need to buy until they move farther south to Mexico in the late fall.
I like to think that most quilters are like the hummingbirds that share. I have not met a quilter yet who will not share her knowledge and encouragement. Most quilters LOVE getting their friends into quilting. Our great grandmothers even shared the labor during quilting bees, helping their friends finish the quilts that would keep families warm during harsh winters.
(I won't mention the sugar. There are some comparisons there, too, for most of us.)
"Lord, the eyes of all look to you and you give them their food at the proper time.. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing." Psalm 145: 14