For the past 6 weeks or so I noticed the absence of hummingbirds. I couldn't figure out what happened. I always look for them and usually hear and see them so this absence was puzzling. I missed their presence.
They are amazing creatures with rich symbolism.
Anyway, I became increasingly concerned that I wasn't seeing one. I have some major decisions to make and was looking for a sign.
I was standing in my kitchen one day and heard a hummingbird.
She was sitting on a branch of a tree just outside the window. She was hidden so I had to look for her. I grew concerned because not only was it a poisonous tree but there was a bunch of mold all over the ground along with standing water that had been there for weeks. She would appear at that spot for a few days.
What I didn't know was she was pregnant and searching for a place to build her nest! Last weekend I took the trash out. I paused near a tree and felt and heard the whir of a hummingbird flying past me. Something about her behavior clued me in that there might be a nest near.
And there was! Here she is feeding her babies and then sitting on the nest to warm them.
Today I went outside to check on the nest and found it turned sideways. There were no birds. I was heartbroken. I didn't know if the wind did it or maybe they hatched and flew away. I kept going back searching for some clue that they survived but found none.
I don't know what happened to the baby hummingbirds but I choose to believe they survived.
This afternoon I went outside and heard a hummingbird so I looked up and there was a little hummingbird flying sort of sideways. He/she was either sick or it was a new hummingbird still unsure of his/her wings.