I was just working at my computer while looking out the window at my trumpet vine on the arbor trellis. There was a hummingbird! I know they have to head south, —like maybe yesterday or sooner. I hope the little one isn’t staying around here too long. There are still a lot of trumpets on the vine for it to visit, but they won’t be here much longer, so get on your way, little hummingbird.
And then I saw the neighbor’s cat! She was checking out the birdbath. She stretched up to the edge of the birdbath, her back feet on the ground, her front feet resting on the edge, and she checked out the water. I had jumped out of my chair, ready to chase her away from my bird area but then I realized that she was looking for a drink. She was thirsty. She jumped up the edge of the birdbath and daintily lapped the water. The hummingbird continued to check the trumpets, but the cat was intent on drinking. The cat drank for over a minute. She was really thirsty.
When she finished drinking and jumped back down to the ground, I went out to the porch and spoke to her. She hid from my sight, but I hope she heard me. I told her we could make a deal, that she could drink all the water she wants from the birdbath, but leave the birds alone.
That’s what she did this time. I hope that’s how it will be in future. And I hope that little hummingbird heads south really soon!