An early retiring can mean an early rising.
Which was the case this morning.
While preparing tea at first light – five o’clock AM, I looked out the window over the kitchen sink. The window looks out to a little semi-enclosed area that’s bordered on two sides by the house and on a third side by a stone retaining wall built by Robin Hyde in 1986. Across this space, there’s a wire that goes diagonally from one house side to another. The wire’s about eight feet above the ground, and from this wire we hang a birdseed feeder and, in season, a hummingbird feeder.
Almost stone-still on the wire sat a hummingbird.
Every five minutes or so it would fly over to the feeder, have a drink, and return to its perch on the wire.
Shortly after the sun rose around five-thirty, the hummer left.
We’ll see it around the place, here and there, all day long.