One of the cleaning tasks that I wanted to accomplish before their arrival was to scrub the back patio where Lil' Mama had made her nest so we could once again enjoy the backyard.
Last Monday sweet baby Edith left the nest for good. I waited until Wednesday to begin my cleaning just to make sure. I spent several hours scrubbing down the chandelier, the patio, the table, four chairs and washed all the cushions on the chairs.
I gently took down the nest and placed it into a Ziploc so that we could save it as a memento. I left the Ziploc on top of the patio table and came inside to begin tackling the rest of the house.
On Thursday morning I was in the kitchen (located near the patio door) dusting the baseboards when I heard the familiar whir of hummingbird wings. I thought "Oh someone has come back to say "Hi". Through the patio screen I saw Lil' Mama up on top of the chandelier. She was hopping around and then jumped down to the baggie that contained her nest.
She pecked at it.
If ever a bird could look confused it was Lil' Mama at that moment.
She turned and saw me through the screen and flew over. She began to make small flitter and darting movements around my face area. At the same time she made an angry chirping noise.
Yes, in essence I was "chirped out" by a bird. I got the message.
She spent the next three days rebuilding her nest in the exact same location. We decided to change her name from Lil' Mama to Shameless Hussy. Mr. Decor checked the nest yesterday and found one egg. I guess this means......
Friendly Female Magnificent Hummingbird at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Originally uploaded by Gato Ranch
There will be a Rocky II.