Saturday, September 12, 2015

HUMMINGBIRDS

Hummingbirds are dainty little creatures, but I haven't had much luck with them. I set out a feeder last year and again this spring. A month or so ago, one finally showed up. He's not very friendly though, coming out only when he thinks we're gone.

But we just came back from a trip where we visited some relatives near Atlanta, where both houses had out feeders for the cute little critters. In fact, one house had two. Evidently, they get refilled every other day and I could see why. The hummingbirds were flying around, chasing each other off, drinking, and sometimes just sitting on the little perch. There must have been a dozen of them.

The other house had only one feeder, but it too was a busy place. Six or seven little birds seemed mostly set on rushing at each other and scaring other birds away, though occasionally they would land and drink.

"I think they like the nectar best when it ferments a little," the homeowner said. "I noticed a wasp drinking the other day. He lapped and lapped and lapped and when he finally flew away, he was weaving."

Drunk wasps! What next?

She also offered a photo of a pregnant hummingbird taken a few weeks ago. "You can see the egg bulge in her fat little stomach."

And you can!

Love these sweet birds!



9 comments:

  1. You do have to change them regularly, every few days. Hummers actually don't like each other much!

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    1. Evidetly not! They're feisty little fellows!

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  2. I have a friend who has a lot of hummingbirds around her place. I don't have any.

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  3. So cute. We have a few around here but a feeder would attract too many ants.

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    1. We've not had a problem with ants but occasionally flying insects take a drink!

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  4. They are more like fairies than birds. I was surprised that they migrate to South America by flying across the gulf of Mexico and back every year. The toughest two ounces packed in one tiny bird.

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  5. They are more like fairies than birds. I was surprised that they migrate to South America by flying across the gulf of Mexico and back every year. The toughest two ounces packed in one tiny bird.

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