Thursday, May 21, 2009
As a family, something we look forward to every Spring is the return of the hummingbirds to our feeders. We think they are fascinating in many ways, from their tiny size to the fact that their wings can beat up to 80 times per second. And it's just fun watching them through the dining room window, hovering and swarming around the feeder, trying to poke one-another's eyes out with their long, pointy beaks. I like to imagine that's the worst they're trying to do as they dive-bomb one another. I couldn't handle the thought of them actually trying to impale the little body of another bird daring to steal a sip from the gallon of syrup it would take one of them the entire summer to ingest alone. Their cute, tiny size should not be mistaken as vestige of tranquility. They're greedy and territorial. But being cute and tiny and can cover a multitude of unbecoming traits.
Today I had the front door open and one found it's way into the house. My husband doesn't believe women and screen doors can co-exist in areas where the wind doth blow. To support his claim, he drove me around our old neighborhood one day, pointing out screen doors flapping wildly on their hinges, banging against the side of the houses. Every one of them had a woman resident but not necessarily a male. I'd done more than my share of damage to the hydraulic door closing mechanism and door frame on our screen door at both of our previous homes so when we built this house, no screen door. When our front door is open, any number of little flying creatures can find their way into our home. Today it was this hummingbird and I got to be the lucky one to do the capture and release. I'm really glad we don't have a screen door.