Published on Wednesday, 4 December 2013 23:40 - Written by By Dee Bishop In Our Garden

I know he is not a flower, but I just had to share him with you.

We feed numerous hummingbirds all summer, and last year we had this little fellow appear at the end of October. He stayed with us all winter and left at the end of March.

We enjoyed seeing his beautiful bright rufus or orange coloring and wondered why he stayed after all others had migrated.

I have since found out that rufus hummers summer in the far northwest all the way up into Alaska; so they love cool temperatures.

It isn’t often that rufus hummers winter this far east, but is becoming more common with our warmer winters.

Little “Rufus” arrived here again on Oct. 27 and eats daily at our feeder. We keep his feeder clean and filled and enjoy his company. Of course, I don’t know that he is the same one that wintered here last year, but I would like to think he is.

OK, I digressed a bit from gardening, but then he stays around my garden and finds tiny insects all winter and sips nectar from his feeder; so isn’t this gardening, too?

What would a garden be without birds?