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    Naughty Meet "Spike"



    I shall endeavour to get a better pic, but my camera leaves a LOT to desire.

    This is Spikes feeder. If any other Hummer comes close, he pounces!

    I plan to get at least one more feeder and probably two!

    Anyone else find Hummingbirds kewl?
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    Yup!!! I love when they 'swoop' down towards the ground while emitting vocalizations...pretty sure it's a mating behaviour.

    That's actually one of the few things I'm gonna' miss when we leave California, the hummingbirds. Washington is a little too cold for the little suckers I guess, as I didn't see my first one until I moved here 30 years ago. I don't remember seeing any of them when I was a kid up north.

    Believe it or not, quick as they are, one of our cats is fast (and sly) enough to catch 'em. Usually he brings 'em inside for my wife to 'rescue'. It's amazing to see her coax the bird from the cat and then set it free outside...remarkably, most of 'em make it.

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    I see them a few times a year around here and it's always a treat. My parents sometimes have had a feeder out and they had them around pretty regularly then. They are also in the Seattle area.
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    Very cool. Ain't Ma Nature an endless source of interest?

    Hummingbirds are very territorial and pretty darn vicious to other hummers. Beautiful to watch but down right nasty in some behaviors. My wife has a thing about birds so I won't put up a feeder, but even so we still get some flying around if the right flowers are in bloom. Sounds like a really, really big bumblebee.
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    We have one that visited the feeder the other day. They are such great aerial acrobats.

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    I know their Heart Beats Extremely Fast and their Wings are Flappes Extremely fast as Well. They are extremely Acrobatic.
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    And here I was expecting to meet Fonzie's nephew.
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    LOL Gee!

    Spike is tough man... makes Fonzy look like a wimp! At least twice I've seen him and another hummer locked up and spinning towards the ground. I've read however that they rarely ever really hurt one another!

    If the next feeder gets placed correctly, my photography should improve.

    Something I never read online however... in a major lightning storm like came through here earlier, where do the birds go?

    edit> EEEEK! That is a ROTTEN pic! <edit
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    I managed to swat one of them out of the air as a teenager in San Diego. I picked it up and set it in my left hand facing up. It was a beautiful creature with very irridiscent(sp) colleration, and we made eye contact! On a whim I tossed it straight up and it rocketed away. I was much relieved! (The dumb stuff some of us did as teenagers!)

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    You know, if you'll put a feeder on your porch and stand out there for a few day and move closer to it, they can become accustomed enough to you to land on your finger and drink from the feeder... Takes patience and a tireless arm..

    Heres a few photos from the Bluegrass State...

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    I'm partial to hummingbirds since they are my "birth month" bird.

    Thanks for the pics! I hardly see any real hummingbirds in person anymore.






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    How coincidental that this thread should be here. I've been sooo meaning to get a hummingbird feeder, lately. From what I've been told, they really do attract lots of hummingbirds. I'm going to keep it in mind to get one this week. Cool pics!

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    I put up a hummingbird feeder the 1st year I moved to my present location and have seen "gangs" of hummers decend on the feeder and take turns extracting nectar then moving away to let others get some go juice. The diving stunts during mating season get rather violent and you can hear the impact of them hitting in midflight. I have had several that will hover 6 to 12 inches in front of my face as if to say I'm not afraid of you, thanks for the sweet stuff.
    Great photos skillet!! Stopping hummers wing beats takes a fast shutter speed and a bit of good luck.
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    Cool photos Skillet!

    ps: The wingbeats were 'mostly' stopped because Skillet used a flash unit in hummingbird photos 1 and 2 with the two humminbirds at the feeder. The quick pulse of light is what stopped the motion of the wings in some of his photos. Compare to his humminbird photo 3 where the hovering/flying humminbird is blurred (no flash used, just ambient light).

    Yup, a quick pulse from a xenon flash will help to stop motion blur in a photo.
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    Over the years I've continued to add feeders on different sides of the house. Now there are enough that everyone gets a drink, but it's a pain to keep them filled.

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    Gives me something else to do outside (in 95+ temp and 100+ humidity) besides mow every week! I'll accept the pain of keeping them filled, 'cause these birds are KEWL!
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    Neat thread, PBS! I didn't know that hummingbirds vocalized.
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    I haven't heard much vocalization except for some really Pissed off noises from Spike...

    They are way cool to watch though!
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    more pictures please

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    We got my dad a hummingbird feeder, and the day after he put it up, there were at least 3 or 4 birds feeding off of it. Sometimes bats use it at night.

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    Hummers actually"vocalize" as they are dining on nectar from a feeder, not much or very loud but a chirp on each dive into the feeder. Wait till they include you as a part of their acrobatic dives, it is like they see how close they can fly w/o nailing you.
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    It's starting to get ridicoulus about Spike...

    No other Hummer gets where I can even tell coloring or M/F.

    It's starting to get on my nerves...

    GOTTA get another feeder for a more open area (near window and not hanging from tree where Spike can hide and dive on every other Hummer!)

    I'm not quite mean enough to move this feeder though.
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    I couldn't see Spike before leaving for work... but I know he was up in that tree ready to pounce! The level in the feeder isn't going down very fast...
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    my hummers sing quite bit -- though it is so high pitched it sounds more like a metallic buzzing/nails-on-blackboard kind of screeching of sound than actual singing...

    btw the hummingbird uses the 'gorget' patch on the throat to reflect light at will. The feathers are actually colorless and act like prisms to make the colors..the bird can turn the reflection on and off by moving the feathers -- they have a narrow beam angle and are aimed, usually used as a scare tactic; turning them on as they attack, to scare the other hummer (sometimes me) out of the way. If I don't duck, they veer off at the very last second -- so far.

    (has anyone gone to the er with a hummer stuck in his eye?)

    my feeder is a "humzinger" -- they don't leak as much as the feeder-tube types -- http://www.hummzinger.biz/humzinger.htm

    (Empy -- you're link not working fer me..'loads' a blank page...)
    Last edited by TedTheLed; 07-28-2006 at 12:23 PM.

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    I don't know why the link isn't working for you. I tried it in both IE and Firefox.

    I don't know. You can't get the baby bird images, and I can't get the blank page. It's a terrible situation, for sure.

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    Em, well, just in case others are having the same prob I will report here that on the last try I got two cookies from the site, (which I accepted) and then the page went blank. any clue? seems like a temporary prob..I'll keep trying.

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    Man I could use a Humzinger feeder or three!

    But the copy of one at Target is within reach!

    I really dig watching these hummers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Empath
    KEWL! THANKS!
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    I love em too!

    GREAT PICS PB JOE...they are tough to photograph they dont hang around long...

    I get about 4 diff ones they seem to time it so they dont meet up!

    (have seen em fight once)..

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