They were there as of last week, but they’re gone as of yesterday; at least by us anyway. Yep fall is officially here for me, the hummingbirds are gone. L
It is true that the hummingbird has a “bird brain”, and as far as bird brains go it is the smallest brain in the bird world. But do not mistake its tiny brain as having limited thought or comprehension; it knows when it has to leave.
Its leaving is always rather abrupt. Like us, they don’t sit around the watering hole discussing the “whens” and the “wherefores” of their trip. The males aren’t pouring over the Trip Ticks while the females pack. Nope, a single bird will react to the angle of the sun, run it through its little bird brain and say, “gotta go!” It will go down one last time to the high energy libation station and throw back as much posey juice or sugar water as it can hold and zip, it’s gone. No goodbyes, no “see you at the gulf”, no “have a great trip everybody!” Just Gone!
Don’t be looking for “thank you notes”, or “see you next spring” pecked in the dirt either; they will just take off.
I won’t take the feeders in for another week just yet, in case some “fly throughs” need a shot of “go juice” to help them along there three to four thousand mile journey.
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