At only three inches in length, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are remarkable creatures. My grandfather, Dr. J. Murray Speirs, told this story in his Birds of Ontario:
I well remember one that perched so often on the same spot on a hydro wire that it had worn the insulation smooth and I could confidently focus my telescope on the spot and show the perched bird to boys at a camp in Muskoka.
We had one this morning in the same spot where one of the groups spotted it on Saturday.
An update on the progress of the Manhattan balcony hawk family. All grown up and thriving!
The work is done; no more to man is given;
The grateful Farmer trusts the rest to Heaven. – Robert Bloomfield, of planting (1766–1823)