For the last month or so, we've often been surprised to see a hummingbird hard at work picking the white stuff out of the seedpots of the Japanese anemone. "Look!" I'd say to Mr. Mouse. "A hummingbird! Look!"
Anyway. I've tried to take a photo, but each time I finally had the camera ready, the hummingbird had departed, laden with fluffy stuff.
And when I recently tried to clean up that area, and started cutting of the stems and jamming it all into the compost basket, I heard indignant hummingbird noises from up in the neighbor's Chinese pear. And I mean indignant, and for quite a long time. So I gave up and left about a third of the stems with the most promising-looking seedpods.
In retrospect, that was a kind thing to do. Because we had a pretty violent storm yesterday, with about a half inch of rain in about 2 hours, and high winds. And when I cleaned up a bit in the garden today...
Yes, here's last year's hummingbird nest. Carefully attached to a redwood branch, now old and brown. Beautifully made. Very solid, with lots of fluffy stuff.
I hope the nest sticks together until the garden tour so I can show it to the kids that come (well, the adults as well, I guess). Thanks Mr. and Ms. Hummingbird. What a great gift!