Midmorning I spied a hummingbird hovering by my purple butterfly bush and I got so excited that I ran outside to take a closer look. But it was the WRONG hummingbird.
I vaguely recalled that only one species of hummingbird is common in the Northeast and this one - with its brown body -- didn't look the way I remembered from pictures I had seen. So I consulted Ebird.org and this is what I learned:
"East of the Mississippi, it is well-known that there is only one expected hummingbird--the familiar Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Ruby-throateds typically arrive in April and the bulk have departed by the first of October. However, any hummingbird seen after about 15 October is more likely to be a rare western species than a Ruby-throated!"
My visitor didn't look like a ruby-throated hummingbird and it wasn't yet October 15, when these "rare western species" arrive. And, in comjunction with the record 113 degree heat recorded in LA several days ago and the shocking news that Lindsay Lohan has re-entered rehab, I am wondering whether this sighting represents something more sinister than a mere hummingbird gone awry. Something like The End of Days.
You be the judge.