Hummingbirds

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Alternatively titled: “Look! An Update!”

I have a screened in back porch that does little more than collect great drifts of topsoil, spiderwebs, and occasionally, birds.

I’m not certain, but I also believe that the younger boy cat has been herding birds and using the porch as a sort of net to help him up his murder count as well, but that’s a different story.

Today a hummingbird found its way into the porch, and I had to go rescue it. This is a bit of a turn of events as recently the hummingbirds have been buzzing the house and generally threatening anyone (or thing – including/especially the boy cat) that stepped out into the yard. It reminds me a bit of that town Arefu in Fallout 3 that is constantly getting harassed by wasteland raiders… if in this case the wasteland raiders were smaller than your hand, bright green, and kind of chirpy when they’re in a good mood. Which, who knows, maybe Vance’s Vampires were a little more chirpy when your character wasn’t around. They WERE surprisingly willing to chat once you got into their hideout.

I managed to rescue the hummingbird without anyone involved getting hurt, but I was a bit surprised to see one of my garden spiders (a giant Painted Spider) come skittering down the wall where the hummingbird was hovering. I’m not great at reading spider body language, but I really think it was trying to figure out if it could take the bird down, and there was a small part of me (not that small) that wanted to see what would happen.

In the end, I went with then non-violent rescue, and I think it was the right decision.

I mean, it probably was. That was a big spider. It would have been impressive. Youtube worthy, you know?

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