by Jennifer Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness
This morning I was sitting on my back deck with a steaming hot cup of coffee thinking about what I was going to do today, and low and behold – what flew up over the fence and decided to station itself in the air two feet away from my face and look at me for about five seconds?
A hummingbird. A beautiful Rufous Hummingbird. I live in Southern Alberta Canada, and though I spend a lot of time out in nature, I have not seen very many hummingbirds in my life. I’m not even sure what a hummingbird would be eating here this time of year. We are just getting into spring, there aren’t many flowers out yet for nectar, and I do not have a hummingbird feeder. Though it is possible that they are on a yearly migration route and are simply passing through the area. Since it was so out of the ordinary to see one, let alone have it fly stationarily so close in front of me to see what I was up to, I took it as an omen from a feathered friend and decided to look up the meaning that the First Nations People have for hummingbirds.
In addition to these beautiful meanings, according to the First Nations People hummingbirds are a sign of good luck before a major event. I don’t have any major events coming up that I know of, however life has a way of throwing us curveballs and dumping things into our lap when we least expect them. Maybe something good is coming down the pipes for me, or maybe it was just a sign from the heavens bringing peace and love.
What an amazing treat to see that little bird, and what a beautiful message it brought me. Today is going to be a great day!
Rufous Hummingbird Overview https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Rufous_Hummingbird/overview
Golden Guide To Field Identification Birds of North America – pp188, Copyright 1983 Golden Books Publishing Company Inc.