Even though difficult times are upon us, it certainly gives us time to appreciate the simple things in life, and while many people are forced to stay home, it gives plenty of opportunity to enjoy the arrival of hummingbirds. The southeast portion of the United States is now receiving their first hummingbirds, while 2 feet of snow still blankets my region.
I don't know if Ziggy is still around, or if one of his many offspring will take over with their own legacy. Each Spring has its own surprises, and each first arrival is unforgettable. Last year Ziggy moved like a missile past me, perched on a branch, and then flew to his fountain. Each day I wait and wonder about his arrival. Will he recognize me, will he put on a show, or will it be another hummingbird that takes his place and has his own antics?
This image is of Ziggy. Every season he gave me countless opportunities to photograph him. It was rare for him to be gone from a yard for any length of time beyond 30 minutes. I could step outside, sit down and look around, and within no time at all I'd spot him on one of his favorite perches.
Adult male Ruby throat hummingbird, June 8, 2019. North east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.