I don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl. It’s rude to ask and it hasn’t volunteered the specifics. I think it’s a girl though. I think her name is Leola. Diana once asked her if it was OK if we call her Leola and she didn’t fly away. She stayed zooming around us so we think it works for her. Leola is the girl version of Leo. It means lion but I think it really means brave.
This is the third year Leola has hung out around me. I see her a lot during the summer. I never see her during the winter. Probably taking a nap since Diana says she is a from the Anna’s species of hummingbirds and sometimes they don’t fly off to warmer places – like Arizona. They stay inside their nests made from spider silk and feathers. Not my kind of bed but if it works, it works. Right?
She scares me. Sometimes I think on purpose – like a joke or something. On evening walks I hear her call and then swoop –floating right in front of me. This red flower is her favorite. When she lands on a branch of flowers they don’t even move. Crazy!
She is a beautiful glowing green and gray and ever so tiny.
I don’t look at her. It’s rude to look something right in the eye – even if they are staring at you. Leola stares at me and chirps her buzzy, high rpm motor sounding flight and slightly angry chirp. I know she is trying to tell me something but I’m not 100% sure what.
She darts in and out in front of me. Up in a tree, down on a bush, around the side of the garage and off into the distance, only to screech to a stop right in front of me once again. Look how she floats right up to a flower. Amazing.
She gets around the neighborhood so fast she sees everything. Her perspective is different than mine and I love that she tries to share what she knows with me. I just wish she wouldn’t dive bomb me. Unnerving to say the least.
I think she is brave because she is so little and so not afraid of stuff – just like me. Even though she is brave, she is always watchful because big birds and cats are after her all the time for their lunch.
I actually like her tons. When I see her I wag my tail and snort and pull at the leash to get closer. She won’t let me get any closer than she wants me to be. Yap, I get that. When you are so little you have to play it safe. So, I have Diana always greet her when we see her. It’s rude not to greet your friends and wish them well.
Leola’s wings don’t beat up and down like other birds. They beat in an infinity symbol and can stop her in midair and help her back up too.
If you see a hummingbird consider it a blessing. Diana read to me once that Elena Harris, SpirtAnimal.info editors says “…Hummingbirds… float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation…”
Wow, that’s lovely. I consider myself lucky to have Leola include me in her world.
We saw her once again the other day just as the trees began loosing their leaves. Diana asked her to take care to stay warm during the long, dark winter nights and we will pray that she remains safe until we see her again when the flowers bloom and the nectar flows.
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