Hummers on the Brain

1394 The hummingbirds are coming!  For some inexplicable reason they arrive at my house here in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee precisely on April 16 each year. I have two feeders ready and am anxious to see some “hummer wars.”

For those uninitiated to hummer wars, I will explain. Hummingbirds are very territorial. One will defend a feeder and not let another hummingbird near it. Lots of humming and chasing goes on when another hummingbird approaches a feeder that has already been claimed. Fly-bys are frequent and could be dangerous! That’s one sharp, pointy beak they have!

To celebrate my love of these tiny, amazing creatures, I created a hummingbird from Smoky Mountain area autumn leaves that have been pressed and preserved. The white parts (no white leaves that I have found yet) are acid-free scrapbook stock. Leaves in the hummingbird shown are maples and sycamore. He is sitting on a “branch” made from a sumac leaf (non-poisonous variety).

This hummer graces a Frame Me! greeting card. The inside is blank for a personal message. It comes with a matching envelope and a clear plastic envelope encloses both to protect the delicate leaves. After giving to someone to celebrate a special occasion, the card will look beautiful framed and displayed.

See more cards and ornaments/suncatchers at .

Happy Spring!

About Cindy A. Johnson

I live in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. I love to read, work in my flower and vegetable gardens, feed and watch the birds in the yard, sit on the front porch looking at the mountains and go camping. I also like to watch wildlife, including my cats and dog (ha!). I write online articles on a variety of subjects. Check out my book reviews at:, wonderful nature stuff at and assorted articles on interesting stuff at My first ebook was published in January 2012: "Alphamania: An Alphabet Resource for Teachers and Parents." Check out the blog at
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