Hummingbird Weather

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    Tiniest, daintiest of birds,
    Blithe and bright and nimble,
    You became our guest
    When you built a nest
    The size of Mother’s thimble.
    You brooded the eggs, the fledglings too,
    Ever alert to danger.
    You chased away
    A robber jay
    A tomcat, a prowling stranger!
    We watched your babies try their wings,
    Then you all flew off together.
    Now we hope next year
    You’ll fly back here,
    The South on each jeweled feather.

    [illustration] Illustrated by Dick Brown