Summer hummingbirds

I dash outdoors to get a couple of hosta leaves and spray them with water. Within seconds, Bela is down and rolling like a miniature green mallard in the puddles on the quilted leaves. …. It’s a hummingbird bathing orgy. I chortle in delight at the bizarre poses the birds strike as they revel in their first real bath. Who would imagine that hummingbirds would lie down on their breasts and scoot along like penguins, roll on their sides, or close their eyes and rub their faces on the damp leaves like luxuriating cats?” – Julie Zickefoose, The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon bonds with common birds. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, 2012.

Wonderful, with beautiful watercolor illustrations. (If you want a preview of her style, you can look at her pictures for sale.)

Posted, because the hummingbirds have been sighted by the Gardener in our yard — one female seen inspecting the butterfly bush and the red sage. Today, it’s raining, so I won’t sit outside in wait of spying one with camera in hand. All I have to show are the flowers.

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