I’ve been preparing myself for the inevitable hummingbird-less breakfast here in Huntington with mixed feelings (for several weeks now). Yes, it would be good to know the two female Rubies had finally departed, but I’d love to see their lovely green metallic backs perched once more at the feeders. Just one more day! So I looked at the usual perching spots of leafless branches on the crab tree, the hemlock, and dying butternut...but there was no sign of them. In the past two weeks, between 6:50 and 7:05, hummers would magically materialize in the growing light. But at 7:10 today, still no sign. Then at 7:11, there she is! Back, taking long sips with quick pauses to scan her surroundings. Smart bird.....there are Merlins and Goshawks that visit my yard on occasion. Time to end this post and see if she’s still here. Just one more look.....please!