At around 23 days after hatching, a baby hummingbird fledges, never again to return to its nest. Given how attached I'd grown to this tiny miracle, I decided we should grace Hope's hatchling with a suitable name–a talisman of goodwill that would carry it through the skies. And so it was that I announced a naming contest last Friday, on this blog.
Each of the submitted names was beautiful in its own way…all of them, befitting such a beautiful creature. Danny Boy, Samara, Faith, Emerald, Flitterbaby, Flit, Jewel, Whimsy…
My neighbor-friend Sara helped me choose the winning entry.
She decorated a basket, filled with colorful plumage. Each paper feather represented one of the contest entries.
Sara decided we should choose the hatchling's name at the base of the tree where Hope had built her nest. And so, we did.
She closed her eyes and drew a name from the basket.
Samara it is! And after reading Barb Etlin's explanation, I think that name is perfect!
Samara, a Hebrew and Latin female name. The Latin name means "helicopter seed of an elm or maple tree," which reminds me of the helicopter-like wing beating of a hummingbird. The Hebrew meaning is "guardian, protected by God, or night talk." ~Barb Etlin
As contest winner, Barb will receive a copy of Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore from the Americas. Many thanks to author Jeanette Larson, who donated a copy of this beautiful book as a prize.
But wait, we're not finished here, yet!
As you no doubt know, little girls reserve the right to mull things over, alter course or change their mind. All of the above, whenever.
Meet Samara Faith. Isn't she (or he) a beauty?
Day 22. On my next blog (posted later today)–Samara Faith fledges!
Missed the previous posts about Hope and her hatchlings? Here you go: Hope's Hatchlings, Part One, Hope's Hatchlings: Part Two, and Hope's Hatchlings: Part Three (and a naming contest).