Heat wave’s over – hooray! I prefer my blue skies with a few clouds.
After the longest string of high temperatures in Seattle history (mid-nineties 6 days in a row) our normal summer weather has returned.
This morning I sat in the backyard with my latte, enjoying a cool breeze as the sun rose above the trees.
I was hoping to see the hummingbirds feed but they’ve been in short supply this summer. Perhaps the intense heat has kept them hidden away during the day, as it has me.
I saw them last night in the trees above when I had the sprinkler going, their silhouettes reminding me of a circus performance.
Afterwards they came down to feed.
This morning I hid in the shed hoping to see them up close but the cats blew my cover.
Those little birds are smart and feed after I’ve turned my back and walked away.
Not that they’re afraid of me exactly. They know where to find me when they need a refill and come and hover to get my attention. (Not when I have my camera in hand, unfortunately.)
The largest bird that visits my garden is actually the most skittish, hiding in the shadows until the coast is clear.
He drops down to wash his food in the birdbath and I clean up after he’s gone. I don’t begrudge him; all birds are welcome in my garden, even the crow.