I didn't know until later, when after a couple of failed attempts to photograph an elusive late afternoon humming bird forager, I stayed focussed on a Lucifer bloom just long enough to get a shot.
A natural law: As soon as you set your camera down, power it off, or leave it in the house, humming birds will show up, and bring friends.
I hoped today would be different, even when Casey scared the first pair away by barking.
And today patience finally did pay off. Instead of more failed attempts...voila! There it was - a calliope hummingbird. Not an award winning shot, more like usable evidence.
Sometimes it really is just the little things that count. And if they're pleasant surprises, all the better.