Thursday, August 7, 2008

Do You Love Hummers as Much As I Do?

Hummingbirds are one of the most fascinating birds to watch, even if you are not an avid birder!

Sitting on my porch watching birds is one of my favorite hobbies. You see, I don't just watch. I do subtle things to watch the behaviors of "aves". Nothing that would harm the birds…Things like changing the water level in the bird baths… Do different birds like different water levels?

So last night, I was repositioning my hummingbird feeders, talking on the phone, and trying to untangle the mono from which a feeder hangs. I was coming very close to "speaking French"! Alas, I got to a point in which I could sit down and concentrate on my conversation with a very special Savannah resident.

Just in the middle of our conversation about "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" of her fairly new job, a time when I should have been giving here undivided attention, a ruby throat whizzed past my head! I immediately interrupted her explanation, and became a bird commentator.

This hummer first check out a test tube feeder, an eloquently decorated feeder, with a painted copper bloom and two leaves. This feeder usually stays full, because we all know that humming birds do not want us to spend too much money on feeders. He then checks out the feeder I just moved to their favorite feeding location.

Later, he finds the feeder he was looking for, the one the ground that I was trying to untangle earlier. After about a minute of unsuccessful tries to feed off a fake bloom that is flat on the ground, he took off. You see, I am pretty sure that hummers will not land one the ground, but he got as close as he could without touching.

Urban legend: Humming birds never or rarely land.
Fact: The ruby throats that I have observed do exactly that. After feeding they find a branch that has no leaves and is very slender. This is where they will perch. Now they look like a leaf!

Hope you enjoy the pics.

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