Something people in our region of the world understand is that the weather will change four or five times a day during seasonal transformations. It will snow in the morning, be sunny and warm in the afternoon, rain in the evening, then snow through the night. As we go from the cold months to warm weather, there are two things at our house that serve as clear cues we are in spring, the appearance of a few momentary tulips, and the return of the Hummingbirds.
Around Mother’s day, we place the hummingbird feeder on the back deck and wait for the first birds to visit. This year, they didn’t take long at all. For the past few days, one or two birds come by to drink every few minutes. There is a tree-lined ravine behind our house where we experience many other colorful birds as well like, BlueJays, Red Robins, Sparrows, Gold Finches, Starlings, Morning Doves, Magpies, Hawks, Quail, and many more. Our youngest daughter has named one, Best Bird. Best Bird is a Western Tanager and has a bright yellow belly with an orange head.