I was sitting at my table this morning, having a cup of coffee and looking out the patio door beyond the fence. I like the early morning hours of the day. I have time to watch the pine branches sway with a breeze . . . or spot an unusual bump on one of the branches. Huh? ” What the heck is that bump?”
It was a dark color bump, barely imperceptible from where I was sitting. I knew the topography of that branch because I have some experience with setting’ a spell and staring out the same patio door. ” What the heck is that bump?”
The tip of the branch was bent to nearly breaking, but it was dried and probably needed pruning. I’d already raked up the pine cones that fell and the little blip on what was a thin branch didn’t look like a pine cone anyway. “That the heck is that bump?”
The bump didn’t move. I wondered if there was some pine plague that had suddenly befallen my tree, so I looked around for other bumps. There were no others. “What the heck is that bump?”
I stood up from my viewing post and walked closer to the patio door to see if I could detect any details on the bump. For goodness sake, it wasn’t an inanimate bump at all. It was a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird!
I have never seen any kind of hummingbird be so still for so long. What a fun thing to see! I stood at the patio door and just watched it as it remained a ‘bump’ on the branch of my pine tree. Then suddenly, the resting time was over and it took off. It didn’t go very far. It only flew to the ash tree a few yards away, but the foliage hid it from my view.
Huh! How about that? It was a hummingbird sitting as still as I had been in the early hours of the morning. Thanks for having coffee with me this morning, Madam Hummingbird. I enjoyed your company very much.
Sorry, no photos. It would look just like a little bump.