Just wanted to tell you first thing this morning. Hummingbirds have been spotted in both Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas. My mom put up the feeder down in Yale on Friday. She offered a “signficant” prize for the person who saw the first hummingbird. She wouldn’t tell my dad and me what the prize might be. “Signficant prize,” was all she said.
On Saturday she excitedly announced, “I saw the first hummingbird!”
“You get the prize,” I sighed, “but what is the prize?”
“A hundred-dollar bill,” she said smugly.
Hmmm…now she tells us. For that signficant prize Dad and I might have spent our whole time together staring at that feeder, waiting for the first sighting!
It’s the males that have arrived from southern vacations, all red and green and glowing with their vibrant male colors. Females follow, approximately one week to ten days later.
Barry called from home in the U.P. on Saturday night, just before our big family dinner in Yale.
“The first hummingbird!” he said. “I just saw the first hummingbird!”
(This proved that the hummingbirds had already been in Yale for about a week or more, as it takes that long for the little fellas to fly the 550 miles north to our house. Or else one lone hummer headed full steam for the woods near L’Anse because he was desperately homesick.)
I just wanted you to know that hummingbirds have been spotted in the U.P. and so have I! I’m back near the shores of Lake Superior getting ready to go back to work at the school. Only missed one day of work this trip, phew! Here was my Facebook status a few minutes ago: Hummingbirds have made their way back to the Upper Peninsula from the south~~and so have I! Loving returning to the shores of Lake Superior in our cozy house in the woods. Sipping the nectar of life along with those hummies…
My mom said the visit was one of the best surprises of her life. Maybe the best.