Friday, April 30, 2010

Hummingbird Update!

Betty Fans have been asking for a Hummingbird update.

To tell you the truth, I have been putting it off, but today I release the news.

We went from this--

--to this on April 25th. One hatchling, but the other egg did not hatch. That's the bad news.


I was also really nervous because there was absolutely no movement when I took these pictures so I thought the worst. It's been usually cold here....



4/27: Still worried.



4/28: Nervous


4/29 At last! I saw the hatching move! Hurrah! I did a little jig around the house!

So, even though one egg did not hatch, we have reason to hope for this little guy.


Betty's been waxing philosophical these days, thinking about life in general.

This nest pretty much sums it all up.

There is sorrow and and there is joy.

They sit side by side in this life, in this complicated nest we have woven for ourselves.

We can't avoid the sorrow and we can't help but celebrate the joy.


Here's hoping your joy grows and grows, giving you wings to fly into the wide, open sky.


57 comments:

Ca88andra said...

What fabulous photos!!!

Peggy K said...

Betty- Beautifully said!! Beautifully photographed!! Beautiful philosophy!!

Brianne said...

Yay! I'm so glad it is thriving!

Madi and Mom said...

Hi BB,
Thanks for the update on the hummingbird nest. Betty your post are so thought provoking and inspirational....thank you!
You are so right life is short we cannot dwell on the negative we have to take each day as the gift it was meant to be.
Happy Weekend,
Madi and Mom

The Empress said...

Oh, you're so normal. I would've been tempted to do something crazy, like wave a warm blowdryer over the nest. Which probably wouldn't have been a good thing...

I gotta develop the skill of "let it be."

Here's to warmer weather.

Joe Cap said...

This is very cool, and you are lucky to have that nest in such a convenient place. Keep us updated!

Aging Mommy said...

I have been waiting for an update on the hummingbirds and hoping against hope it would be good news. As you say, joy and sadness sit side by side, so it is wonderful to know there is one little hatchling, but sad the other one did not make it (although you never know, maybe it still will - we all have to have hope too!)

Looking forward to more updates - wonderful photos of the nest again.

Leanne said...

SOOO perfect and so well put,Betty. It's almost as if the bird Gods knew that you needed these little moments of joy and sorry, huh? So amazing how life works like that.

THanks so much for the update, Betty. I've been anxiously awaiting to hear about it!

Old Kitty said...

Awwww wow!

Thank you for sharing these amazing pics! Hummingbirds are so so tiny this must be an itty bitty nest with ittier and bittier eggs!

It is so sad isn't it that only one hatched but what a brave little hatchling!! I've got everything crossed that he or she will survive!!!! Please grow bigger and stronger, little birdie!

Oh and what true words too! Joy and Sorrow in the little nests that we build for ourselves...

Lovely.

take care
x

bbcd mama said...

Isn't it amazing how things like this can eerily mirror our own lives? I'm rooting for the birdie (and for you).

Momma Fargo said...

Beautiful pics! Thanks for sharing...and be sure to let us know what hatches out. I hope it isn't a dinosaur...

Marlene said...

Awww!!! How wonderful!! This is the first time I've ever seen a hummingbird nest, much less a baby hummingbird....thanks!!! This is fantastic!

Crystal Cook said...

So glad the little guy is doing well! And beautiful post Betty, once again!

Ms. Anthropy said...

Your outlook is inspiring and the analogies... perfect!

blueviolet said...

I so absolutely love that you showed this! We are huge bird lovers here. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of our little hummingbirds to the area again. The feeder is out and waiting!

Cheeseboy said...

My boys would be dying with excitement if this was in our backyard.

Nicolasa said...

Oh no... You had me so nervous! I am glad things are going to be ok with that one little one... or so we hope!

DrSoosie said...

I absolutely love your photos and your philosophic waxing about the juxtaposition of sorrow and joy. How true and how wonderful that you were able to capture it in nature. Brilliant betty we c=should cal you!!

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

What fun that must have been to watch!!

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Kazzy said...

Great photos! Right outside your window?

Feeling Just Right said...

I'm back after a while again- i loved your post! I applaud your courage for having gone so close. I would have feared scaring the mum-bird. Beautiful pictures. Yay for the movement! Yay, yay, yay!

p.s. i'm hoping the other one hatches in a while. It could right? Like dizygotic twins or something? Just hoping. (fingers crossed!)

VKT said...

Wow Betty! You have such a way with words! I love the post...and the pics! I did read the post....and no divorce papers kiddo. You are stuck with this follower. Left you a message on that post. Have a great week-end!!!

sarahjayne smythe said...

What beautiful photos. I love coming here. :)

Ann said...

awesome photos and a wonderful post

Beth said...

I love you BB but you have got to stop making me cry!

Mommy on the Spot said...

Beautifully said!

Copyboy said...

Amazing. Guess you chickened out on making the omelette, huh?

sunshine said...

That was a very beautiful thought that you had! :) I love it.

((Hugs))
Laura

sunshine said...

P.S. So sorry to read about your friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you...

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I am quite pleased the little birdling is thriving. Have a beautiful weekend, Roland

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

Thanks Betty. It all comes full circle.
Be well, and I'm glad you will not consider plastic surgery. You're too genuinely beautiful.
Cheers,
Robyn

Senorita said...

Beautiful post, and excellent photos ! Hummingbirds always bring me joy !

Talli Roland said...

What gorgeous photos! Beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing. I hope you have a great weekend!

Lauren said...

wow...great photos...and how true that sorrow and joy so often sit side by side. great post! thanks for swinging by my blog too!! hope you have a great day!

Tracie said...

*sigh* You really have a way with words.

Kimberly Franklin said...

Aw, what cute pictures! I hope you have a great weekend!!

Pat Tillett said...

Great post and great photos!!!
isn't nature amazing?

Julie said...

Yay...did a little jig too when it moved!! You are so self-controlled. I'm tellin' ya, I probably would've tried to do CPR on the poor thing!

How would we ever appreciate, or even know what true health was, if we never endured illness. I feel like it's the same with joy. Would we even KNOW true joy if we didn't ever have to endure pain and sorrow?

Jenny said...

Life is always like that isn't it. The sorrow with the joyous. Do you think it still might hatch?

Darrin.. said...

Yay for the Birdie!! I love this time of year and being able to peek into birds nests. Although I learned my lesson one year when a Mama Robin caught me and tried to dive bomb me!

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

Doing a jig along with you! Thank you so much for sharing these precious, tremendous photos! That really does just some it all up, doesn't it? Nature ROCKS!!!

Cheers, Betty!

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

Doing a jig along with you! Thank you so much for sharing these precious, tremendous photos! That really does just some it all up, doesn't it? Nature ROCKS!!!

Cheers, Betty!

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

Doing a jig along with you! Thank you so much for sharing these precious, tremendous photos! That really does just some it all up, doesn't it? Nature ROCKS!!!

Cheers, Betty!

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

Doing a jig along with you! Thank you so much for sharing these precious, tremendous photos! That really does just some it all up, doesn't it? Nature ROCKS!!!

Cheers, Betty!

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

Doing a jig along with you! Thank you so much for sharing these precious, tremendous photos! That really does just some it all up, doesn't it? Nature ROCKS!!!

Cheers, Betty!

Traveliest said...

ah so beautiful. I love the pictures & i love birds.

Cyn said...

Only one word comes to mind: wonderful.

Tracy said...

Woohoo! If we all have a 50/50 chance in life then life will be good.

Happy Homemaker said...

Can I have the nest when they[re gone??? Pretty pleeeze?

Susan Fields said...

Amazing photos! Thanks so much for sharing them. And hooray that the hatchling's moving!

Cindi aka Ericksoc said...

Absolutely lovely story. Great pictures. What a gem.

Holly Renee said...

AHHHHH, I almost missed it. I don't know how. I love this nest. I love the little hatchling! What should we name it!! I hope he/she makes it!

ASBLACKASOBAMA said...

There's nothing I love than hummingbirds.... Other than BABY HUMMINGBIRDS! Great pictures!

~Aint Nothin But A Thang~ said...

What a great way to put it, good and bad ARE side by side. We must embrace them both.......love the pics! Did you ever see it fly away?

Amber Page Writes said...

Now that's a great analogy.Spring does tend to make you feel philosophical, doesn't it?

Shan said...

Beautiful... and beautifully stated.