Saturday, July 29, 2006

Hummingbirds!


Last July, I spotted a hummingbird sipping nectar from flowers on the terrace garden, so I bought a feeder on my next trip to town. In time, I could identify five different hummingbirds that regularly visited the feeder. Hummingbirds aren't as thick as ticks here, but they're common enough. My neighbor's feeder would be empty within an hour or two of refilling. We just got the overflow.

This summer, the original five returned with friends and family. They buzz through, buzz one another, bicker, chatter, and occasionally three or four will actually feed peacefully from their separate perches on a single feeder. They flit from branch to branch, and contrary to conventional 'wisdom', they do sit still now and then. They perch on the branch tips of the oaks, on the wrought iron plant hanger, and on the feeders. This one posed quite nicely, don't you think?


And again, landing on the perch for a snack a while later.


















Pretty back feathers.


















And a speckled throat.

6 comments:

shannon said...

We noticed hummers here last year so I put up a feeder this year too - we have one dominant male, and another boy that tries his luck once in a while...I'm hoping we get more next year, I love them!

Melissa said...

Oh, I love the bird pictures. I can't wait to show them to the kids!

We can't have any feeders. Our outdoor cats finds her feathered friends much too appetizing.

Beverly said...

Great pictures! I'm trying for hummingbirds next year,I think I might have enough flowers now.

farmgirl said...

Wonderful photos!

kacey said...

did you really get those pictures at your feeder? So cool!!

LauraP said...

Yep, I took those pics from my seat in the Adirondack chair, a few feet from the feeder.