"If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water."
Loran Eisely, The Immense Journey, 1957
The finch stand atop the bubbler. The secret to not having mosquitoes in a water feature is to keep the water moving. This small barrel fountain is set on a timer to splash twice a day.
While the hummingbirds at this fountain generally quench their thirst in-flight- the finch prefer a foothold within the moving waters.
Even the smallest patio can have a little water feature. Be selfish- set yours to splash when you are most likely able to feel the restorative magic of nature's beauties bathing.
See the drop of water held in the beak? There's a photo that would not have happened with a point and shoot camera.
I wonder if the mild winter contributed to a drop-off in daily counts of "our" hummingbirds?
Most years it is as though they rather not migrate away. Not for anything. They shelter in place. But this year- they packed their bags for the winter season. They are just now returning from whatever rendezvous tempted them.
Plus a newer variety to our garden. Last year the new critter was a snake. I like it so much better that this year the new guest is a hummingbird.
OK- Hummingbird experts- This newbie to the neighborhood likes to fly stratospherically high. He is stealthily quiet. Small of stature- perhaps that explains his Napoleonic effect on the ethnic varieties of fellow hummers giving him wide birth. If you know what name he goes by, please drop a line.
Thank you to Gerry Plunk for today's images. Glad you like "my" camera):-