City Bird: the Hummingbird

Saturday, August 25, 2018

"Pet" hummingbird
Photo by Mike Remarcke

We have a vegetable garden with mysterious plants in it. In the spring, we went to four different plant sales, and bought things that sounded interesting. We planted them and promptly forgot what they were.

Something in the garden recently sent up a couple of tall stalks - perhaps 14" high. They were covered with minuscule yellow bell shaped flowers. One day we sat in the driveway and watched while a hummingbird methodically worked every flower on the stalk. The flowers only lasted about a week, so that was the only hummingbird we saw.

If Shoreline had a city bird, it would have to be the hummingbird. I have been sent more hummingbird photos than any other bird. They are charming and fascinating to watch, so I completely understand why so many people love them.



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