On my patch that I call the Back Forty, we do not use herbicide or pesticide as a rule and it has paid off handsomely. Lo' knows, we don't have a manicured lawn, but it's green. The dollar weeds glisten as polished emeralds in the sunshine after a rain shower and the rain drops glisten as diamonds in the branches of the cedar trees.
A few weeks ago as the weather was finally getting warmer, I was sitting out on the porch having a glass of Zinfandel. I was looking at the empty hummingbird feeder when a ruby-throated hummingbird came to check it out. I have only seen hummingbirds twice in the Back Forty in ten years.
My husband cleaned the feeder, refilled it, and hang it back out again on a Crepe Myrtle branch. Will we ever see a hummingbird again?
Finally, after a few weeks not only one but two hummingbirds came to check out the feeder. They were so small and their wings fluttered furiously. We were visited by special birds on this special Earth Day.
I am still waiting for them to return but in the meantime, I'll enjoy the Cardinals.
Celebrate Earth Day.
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