Yesterday I hadn't seen our resident hummers all day, but Double D saw a huge swallowtail caressing the satsumas and called me outside. With my camera and tripod all set, I watched as the butterfly kissed his last satsuma, then flew off for something better. Drats! Then something fluttered out of the corner of my eye and I looked up to see my hummer friend resting in the crepe myrtle tree. He seems to be getting used to me as I noted only mild concern on his face as Mabel snapped away. I named him Pierre; a fine Cajun name.
I think he likes the crepe myrtle because the branches are the perfect size for his tiny feet. Standing about 20 feet away he appears to be the size of a large cicada. You really have to know what you're looking for to spot him.
Today I had to remove all the bird feeders, garden ornaments and patio furniture in preparation for Hurricane Isaac. I left the smallest hummingbird feeder on the palm tree and scattered seeds in the grass. I was hoping the birds would sense the drop in barometric pressure and hightail it out of there, but they're still hanging around the yard as though nothing is amiss, probably wondering where the free restaurants went. Bad winds and rain are supposed to hit us later tonight. I'm kicking myself for not buying a generator earlier in the summer. At this point, I can't even find a D battery on any store shelf for my flashlight, so I was forced to order yesterday from Amazon and have it shipped overnight. They just arrived while I was typing this post, so my flashlights are all ready to go! Hope and pray everyone is safe from the storm. Will post an update as soon as I can. I know it sounds stupid, but I'm really worried about Pierre and how the other birds will fare. :(