There Is No Deficit

2 Flowers

The hummingbird flies from plant to plant, flower to flower and reminds you that there is no deficit; there is no true lack in your life. The sweet nectar is always there for the finding… all you have to do is look, listen and believe. In fact, as you can see there is enough nectar for all the hummingbirds as they pass through your garden. It is simply there to be discovered.


2 thoughts on “There Is No Deficit

  1. Karen Williams

    My hummingbirds…. are so wonderful…. but I think they do rely on my filling my feeder…hahaha…not many lovely flowers where I am ….i have hundreds of them everyday.. or at least it looks like it… thanks for all your wonderful whispers…. Karen in the desert


  2. Gaile Gamble

    Thanks for this whisper, Alan,

    We love Hummingbirds. I always enjoy watching them go to each blossom so quickly and precisely, so this was fun to read. And the message is so profound.

    A word about birds. We have two types of Hummingbirds here in Seattle: the Rufous who just pass through in large numbers on their way to and from Alaska where they go to breed in Summer. (I have only seen one of these brown beauties once or twice in all the years of living here.) and the Anna’s, small and green, many of whom stay all year round. We have two feeders which we maintain constantly (so they won’t fight), in addition to seasonally blossoming flowers . Fuchsia is their favorite.

    The Anna’s are a bit different. They are very territorial and rarely share a plant or Hummingbird feeder with one another. Perhaps it’s because they are faced with some difficult days in Winter here when there are no blossoms and no bugs, and they are required to compete for the available food sources which are backyard nectar feeders.

    We have loved feeding and watching the Anna’s for many, many years, but a Hummingbird authority once told me that they have been here in the Pacific Northwest for thousands of years – long before people began to feed them. According to him, the responsibility that we feel for their survival has not been ours – there has always been enough to sustain them. The very same message in your piece.

    But that gentleman lives in the East, where their Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds migrate back to South America when cold weather approaches. I have often wondered if he would change his thinking if he were to come here when there is wet, cold weather, howling strong wind, and no blossoms or insects. The nectar freezes in the feeders, and the birds have no way to eat, so then we do everything we can to keep it thawed so they can survive. We believe that without the nectar people provide during the cold weather, they would perish. (It isn’t just our egos – the Audubon Society has said that is quite true.) So we are playing our part in the puzzle of life, and believing that our part is important.

    In the desert, or in a northern climate, we agree with the decision to keep your bird feeders filled when the natural sources aren’t available. When you keep the beautiful birds well-fed you are richly rewarded by getting to enjoy their presence in your life! We only see one or two at a time so we can only imagine the vision of many all at once. That would be incredible!!!

    Thanks again for this message,


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