Saturday, August 10, 2013

Hummingbird

Kitties, after a LONG summer without sightings, we finally have a frequent visitor, a female ruby throated hummingbird.   
She has been drinking such a lot that Dad at one point thought she was TWO, but we have never seen them around together so we are fairly sure there is only one thirsty one.

Our feeder has test tube style tubes with red caps, and in this first, longer video, you can see her going to both of the tubes of sugar water.      Due to so much zooming, the picture is not super clear, but we think you will get to see enough.

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In this second short video, she is feeding from the red bee balm flowers.      Excuse our comfiness towels across the deck railing to dry after the rain!

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Audrey thinks she would be very nommy if only she could catch her, but we know that would make Dad very very upset.  However, GJ threw down the gauntlet by catching a sparrow the other day, so Audrey doesn't want to be outdone.

18 comments:

  1. We loved the videos, hummingbirds are amazing! We've only ever had two visit us over the years, but that's because we don't have anything that will attract them. We're not sure Audrey could get one; they're so fast! But it sure would be fun to try.

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  2. We've lost what night we saw a special on NatGEO about Hummingbirds. IT was fascinating. One fact reported stated their hearts beat at an amazing 40,000 beats a minute. Can you imagine? In fact for sleep they have to go into a trance (I forget the technical word used) to slow down their heartbeat so they can sleep. It was really amazing and they are also as you probably know extremely territorial.
    Good video!

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  3. Well, this is all the Bird-TV I'm getting this year. All we have is rats with wings aka pigeons. Thanks for the replay.

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  4. WOW! Those little hummers are so much fun to watch. We've only ever seen one, but we don't have a feeder for them.

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  5. MOWZERS, we agree with Audrey. *licks lips* WAIT, GJ caught a SPARROW? WE so hafta go read about that!

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  6. Those are great videos. It's not easy to capture a hummer because they are so quick. Good job.

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  7. How sweet! Audrey, I think they might be more fun to watch than catch.

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  8. We love those hummers! We finally are seeing a few too. The mom filled our old hummingbird feeder and put it out in place of the pretty one that we usually have out. And the hummers have been coming now There's been a turf war going on between 2 of them.

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  9. What awesome Bird TV! Audrey, I hear those little things are VERY hard to catch!

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  10. We have never seen a hummingbird. They sure flap fast!

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  11. you captured these purrfectly! Amazing! They are just precious!

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  12. I just adore the hummers. In California I had many fuchsia plants which they love, and they visited me all the time. It was the highlight of my day to be out in the garden when they came by. Now that I am in Montana I am really missing those beautiful wee birds.

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  13. Mommy loves hummers--there are dozens where she works and they are so much fun to watch!

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    1. DOZENS? OMC, that makes us so jealous. Please take some video.

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  14. Oohhh... I LOVE THE HUMMERS! We don't have any feeders up but the peep plants stuff the hummers like and they come to those. This year, the honeysuckle by MY office window didn't bloom all at once like usual. Instead, it has had a steady trickle of flowers. That has given me hummers to watch all summer long! WONDERFUL!

    Purrs,
    Nissy

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  15. We love the hummingbirds here but can't put out feeders with all the cats that live here. The hummingbirds do love red flowers. Those are some great videos. Well done. Take care.

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  16. WE LOVE hummingbirds! They are so amazing to watch (but we're not sure of they would be very tasty...)!

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  17. EVERY cat I have had wants to nom the hummers! But no..they al were/are indoor girls.

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