I sat watching them the other day, and noted one bird tucking himself out of sight in a corner, under the eaves, obviously on guard watching for the other hummingbirds coming to drink at HIS feeding stations, There are more than one feeder, but hummingbirds aren't into sharing. I see them diving at one another and chasing each other away with their built-in swords pointing!
The only time I see any hummingbirds together is when a mother is teaching her young how and where to find food. The rest of the time the only social interaction involves angerly chasing each other away from the feeders.
Watching them I wondered if they feel emotions the way we do ... judging from their body language I have to conclude that they do.
It made me feel sad that such delicate, beautiful birds spend so much time fostering angry, greedy or other negative emotions against each other.
Then it occurred to me that hummingbirds don't sing - they have no song , just an angry snapping of their beaks when they want to warn someone that they better get out of their space!
I thought about the birds whose melodies wake me every morning, and I realized that every one of the little songsters are social birds that love one another and happily share food sources. The Western Tanagers, the Black-headed Chick-e-dees, the Juncos,, the Black-headed Grosbeaks, the warblers all love one another and their joyful chorus bursts forth at the first flicker of morning light. Every day they tirelessly sing the praise that God put into their little hearts.
Is 'unity' needful before we can have 'harmony' ?
Do angry feelings squelch the song in our heart?
Do you feel like singing when you are filled with angry feelings against someone - be they justified or not? I know I don't.
It is a sobering thought -- I don't want to be like the hummingbird. I want God to hear my joyful praise every day - because I can't NOT express in song the joy He has put into my heart - the joy that overrules anger and hatred and greed. Joy that is stirred into song, "because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts"~Rom. 5:5
Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth;
Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.