Favorite hummingbird experience(s)? Lets hear 'em!

spaceman13(6b)June 13, 2013

Ok here are 2 of mine.

#1) I was sitting in a hunting stand to see when/where the deer were moving. I was looking to the right, and in my left ear I hear what sounded like the biggest buzzing bug on the planet! When I slowly turned a hummingbird was hovering a few feet in front of my face!. I was in full camo and the only skin visible was around the eye opening of my facemask. I have since read that hummers will feed on sap from woodpecker holes, and I assume that is what he thought he saw in the opening of my face mask.

He hovered in so close to my face, I had to CROSS MY EYES to try to focus on him! he buzzed me, then flew to perch on a branch at arms length, and repeated this for about 10 minutes.

#2) A house I lived in years ago had a BIG mimosa tree (I think) in the front yard. One day I caught movement in the tree and when I looked I saw a hummer zipping from bloom to bloom. I stopped what I was doing to watch, and there were 12 -15 hummers zipping around the branches, chasing each other about and feeding on the flowers on the tree. Every summer thereafter I'd watch for the tree to flower, and enjoy the show!

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gyr_falcon(Sunset 23 USDA 9)

With real estate, it often comes down to location, location, location. So I have heard.

Some years ago, I did landscape maintenance work for a housing development. The gardens of the 5-6 model homes were kept in prime condition to encourage sales, so I worked there often. A (dim-witted?) Anna's hummingbird decided to make a nest in the potted tree at the entrance to the last model.

That would have been fine, except she was very protective of her nest and would angrily buzz and swoop every potential customer that came near! (And me too, but at least I was aware of the nest!) Because almost all of the visitors were there for the first time, there were many, many surprised victims all day long. I would try to warn the customers when I was working in the area, because the sales people never seemed to, but it was an impossible task. More often I would just hear startled shrieks throughout the day.

There had to have been a steady stream of customers while she was constructing the nest, so I cannot guess why she thought it was a good location. Other than the abundant amount of flowers. Silly bird. But she did manage to fledge her young, and did not return the following year. I imagine her stress level must have been off the charts. Even for a hyper-hummingbird.

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