“Out the Window” Preview: May/June 2011

Hummingbirds rule the May/June issue of WildBird, and here’s a sneak peek at my “Out the Window” column:

Fish gotta swim. Birds gotta fly. Hummingbirds gotta fight. It’s just part of who they are, but some people have a hard time coming to terms with that. Our dinner host was one of those people.

“I just love my hummingbirds!” she gushed. “They’re so cute and sweet.”

My husband smiled politely, but before he could respond her eyes narrowed. In a tone that left no room for discussion, she said, “People say they’re fighting, but I think they’re just playing.”

Forkfuls of tender greens paused between plates and mouths, dripping vinaigrette. Tom and I dared not even exchange glances.

If you’re intrigued and not yet a subscriber, this link to Amazon.com will get you six colorful, information-packed issues (a full year), and your purchase will also benefit the conservation and education programs of the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory. Single copies of Wildbird are also available at newsstands and bookstores.

You’ll find WildBird and other birding magazines plus field guides, feeders and accessories, seeds for hummingbird-friendly plants, and more at SABO’s online shop, The Trogon’s Nest, powered by Amazon.com.

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