The String and the Hummingbird

by Fred

A few years ago I was visiting my mother in mid-April here in Ohio. We were sitting on the porch early in this morning when a hummingbird flew right by us and hovered around a string that was hanging from the patio awning.

We watched him for a while and he kept hovering up and down this string looking for the feeder that was there last fall. He then flew down to us and hovered about a foot from our faces and then went back up to that string again. You see we had not put it out yet and he was telling us to put it out.

So I quickly got up and made nectar and placed the feeder on that string. He returned to feed from it immediately after placing it up on that string.

It is amazing how he remembered that feeder hanging from that string the previous fall!


Birds are a lot smarter than we give them credit for. It is even more amazing how that little bird retraced his route over 2500 miles back to your yard. Susan

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