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2008: First Hummingbird

Earlier this week, I hung the hummingbird feeder in its usual spot directly outside my office window. It's about two arm lengths from where I sit. A few seconds before I started this post, I heard and saw the first hummingbird of the season.

Hey, at least I was ahead of the hummers this year. Some years, I only do it after I hear them buzzing around, looking, looking.

In other signs of spring, the first dandelion poked its head up through the concrete just outside my door. That was a couple of weeks ago, actually. A day later, I counted 52 dandelions on the hillside. Then there were hundreds and more. This week, they were joined and outnumbered by the violets. So pretty. It's a shame it's time to mow. I know from past experience that the job only gets harder. Not physically harder, well, okay, a bit. Mostly it's harder because the hillside quickly reverts to meadow and that's just too pretty to mow. I don't know exactly why I still do. Appearances and perceived resale value...and the sense that if I let it go that I'll eventually have to pay someone to reclaim the lawn since the job will quickly grow beyond me.

I've been utterly hammered with design and related projects this week. Overall, that's good, much though I would like a bit more flexibility it my schedule to get other things done, too. Or even to get all of the projects themselves done.

In five more days, I'll celebrate my 4th anniversary here. Time's passing quickly -- it seems more like two years than four.

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akirlu
May. 9th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
I understand the urge to let the hillside go back to meadow. I've only started fighting the lawn back to lawn after a long, cold, extra-wet winter and early spring, and now I find that wild geranium, forget-me-not, and even what looks very much like sweet peas, are sneaking in among the grasses, especially under the big apple tree. And I never did like mowing down the clover patch behind the bedroom -- I mean c'mon, it's *clover*.

I like the idea of a hummingbird feeder by your desk. I think I'll try it. I've already seen a hummingbird visiting the lobelia in back, and I actually have windows by my desk now...
randy_byers
May. 9th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
Must be a good day for hummingbirds, because I saw one on my walk to work this morning. It was busy in a flowering shrub right next to the sidewalk, and I was able to stop and watch it from about six feet away. It was an Anna's, which is apparently mostly what you see around here.
mjlayman
May. 10th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
No hummingbirds here, but I briefly saw a new sparrow or finch, and there are five crows now. That makes more sense -- five for silver, which is much more use than a boy.
minnehaha
May. 10th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
It *seems* like *forever.*

K. [just sayin']
maruad
May. 10th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
We get the dandelions but not the hummingbirds. Toad Woods sounds like a wonderful place albeit requiring more work than a lazy sod like myself is willing to perform.
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