WAFFLES: Hello, Little Hummer Girl! Those are some nice feathers you've got. I bet they're really tasty. What are you doing for lunch?
LITTLE GIRL HUMMER: Sorry, Waffles. I've already got my eye on a handsome Hummer.
WAFFLES: But I'm handsome. And I can hum too.
LITTLE GIRL HUMMER: I don't think you can keep up with me, Waffles. My wings beat 70 times a second and I can fly almost 50 mph.
WAFFLES: But what about lunch?
LITTLE GIRL HUMMER: Given how you're eyeing my feathers, I have a feeling your idea of lunch and mine are two very different things.
WAFFLES: Hey Boss, I'm pretty sure the Little Girl Hummer thinks I want to eat her.
KATIE: Well, do you?
WAFFLES: Well yeah, kinda.
KATIE: Sounds like she's a pretty smart hummer.
One of our favorite parts of the summer is sharing our garden and trees with the hummingbirds.
We've read that they will often hang out in one spot until they're ready to head south for the winter and can even get to know the humans that keep their feeders full.
This year, Glogirly has made friends with one very special hummingbird. She calls her Little Girl. We know she's female by her coloring. The girls are a little plain compared to their brightly colored boyfriends. For weeks now, Glogirly has been watching a couple of male suitors put the moves on Little Girl.
They'll swoop by her at record speeds, making almost a clucking noise. They shoot up straight into the sky, hover at about 50' in the air, then dive straight down within inches of her. All to try and impress her. But she's picky and isn't easily impressed.
The dating game has recently become complicated. The Rufous hummingbirds have arrived. They come on the scene about 6 weeks after Little Girl and her suitors showed up. They're brilliant copper color palette sparkles when the sun hits it just right. The Rufous is beautiful but also a bully. He'll chase the other hummers away from the feeders, even when he's not feeding himself. He'll even stand guard, right on top of the feeder.
But even when the Rufous is throwing his weight around the feeders, Little Girl has found safety with Glogirly. When Glogirly is out in the garden, Little Girl will follow her around, sometimes even hovering just inches from her face. If Glogirly is trimming the petunias, Little Girl is poking her head into every bloom. If she's cutting back the catmint, Little Girl is right there, sipping nectar from the tiny purple catmint flowers.
Usually, the hummers zoom in for a quick poke in the flowers or the feeder, then dart off to a spot in the trees. Not Little Girl. She hangs out with Glogirly for a long time, before heading back to her perch or nest.
It's going to be hard to say goodbye when it comes time for Little Girl to head south. But we're so happy she's made our garden her home.