Last week I confirmed, by the falling level of nectar in the hummingbird feeder, that birds were visiting - but I wasn't able to catch them in the act. That was remedied this weekend when the activity level saw a substantial uptick.
I was in the kitchen Saturday morning, doing some tidying-up, when I heard the telltale buzz of hummer wings through the open patio door. A female bird was glaring beadily at me, hovering by the fuschias and clearly debating whether I could be trusted to stay out of her space. I held still and she took the opportunity to hop to the feeder and get a quick drink.
Later, I was having coffee out on the patio (at the opposite end from the feeder) and saw a male Anna's (not my old Torino, a young one) visit several times. And in the afternoon he was sitting in the yew tree singing.
This makes me happy.