From deep within the branches and forests across the continent, little miracles are starting to emerge from what was just the tiniest eggs laid only 45 days ago. Entirely dependent on the mother, they lay defenseless as they wait for her to gather a slurry of insects and nectar to bring back to the nest. She works quietly throughout the gardens, avoiding any threats that could harm her and ultimately her young. As they grow at an enormous speed, they stretch and practice skills that will soon be necessary in a world of dangers. They increase their strength daily, and power up their wings frequently for the soon departure from the nest. At the moment of gathered courage, the two tiny birds leap from dependence into a world so large and colorful. The excitement is uncontrollable as they see flowers and freedom they've only dreamt of.
Once again the forests, fields and gardens become alive with the chatter of youth, and the mornings are once again alive with song.
First Juvenile Ruby-throat hummingbird of the season. July 29, 2019. N.E. of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada