Instruction courses (school or internet) about Hummingbirds

seagull73August 28, 2007

I hope someone can help me out here. My wife and I live in the UK as UK residents. Our grandson Jamie, is shortly to move with his parents to Oklahoma and will be there for around three years. My wife and I live next to natural woodland and we delight in a wide variety of woodland birds visiting our garden. Indeed, we encourage it with bird tables, feeders etc., Jamie, who is 12 years of age, has for a long time loved these birds but he has an absolute passion about Hummingbirds whic we do not have in our country. He's over the moon about his coming to the US because he knows he will see them. However, he has asked us if we would find out if there are any instruction courses about Hummers either in schools, colleges or on the internet because he wants to learn all about them, their feeding patterns, their magratory habits.....everything. We would like to encourage him in this so iof anyone knows of any instruction courses, anywhere, then we would be very pleased to know. Jamie has an aunt in Iowa and he will be visitng her from time to time so he will have lots of opportunites to see them.

Help in this would be much appreciated,


David B Johnson Nottinghamshire UK

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Hi David,

Jamie can get lots of information by reading this forum. It will give him real-life questions and answers about the rough-and-tumble world of hummingbirds.

Jamie, welcome to the US of A!! I think you'll love your time here.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2007 at 9:06AM
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I haven't heard of any specific internet courses. I've picked up most of my hummingbird information from the library.

This is a very good site to glean information.

These are some good books to look for:

It's a Hummingbird's Life by Irene Kelly

Hummingbird Gardens by Nielsen

First Flight : A Mother Hummingbird's Story

The World of the Hummingbird

Plus -
Attenborough's "The Life of Birds" is an interesting documentary. He can probably find it at the library.

This is a snip from it.


Here is a link that might be useful: Attenborough

    Bookmark   August 28, 2007 at 10:39PM
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rita_h(PNW 8b)

I don't know about formal courses, but for general info for online self-study (results from a quick google search):

    Bookmark   August 29, 2007 at 1:02PM
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rembetika(austin, TX)

Hello over there!
I have to say, that is so cool and wonderful that your grandson is so interesting in these amazing birds.. and how great it is that you want to encourage him!! ( I wish more American kids were interested in them!) Anyway... I also do not know of any courses.. but i think most people just learn from sharing knowledge on the internet. He will soon find out that there are many fanatics out here.. so he will probably have a ball talking to others who share his passion. His parents also might want to think about taking him on a trip to the Rockport Hummingbird Festival (in Texas-- I have never been to this)-- or other field trips, maybe even to Costa Rica. There's probably some local groups in Oklahoma who do field trips and share stories. Tell him, that all he has to do is look up 'hummingbird behavior, migration, breeds, feeding habits', etc etc on the 'net and he will find enough information to keep him busy for the rest of his life. ALSO.... on YouTube, he will probably enjoy videos of the hummers in Costa Rica, or other entries people have sent in of their own close-up films, in their backyard.. there's also lots of films of folks feeding by hand.. here's an article:

..and there's even a video that he would probably LOVE to recieve:

and to go along with this, is the small and easy to use Perky Pet 3 oz feeder, that he could use to practice getting close to them, by holding it:

Also, please tell him to join in here, we would love to meet him and hear his experiences!

    Bookmark   August 29, 2007 at 1:22PM
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rembetika(austin, TX)

Oh and I almost forgot.. he may want to get involved with the Hummingbird Roundup.. entering his data into the survey, etc:

And of course HB gardening would be a great activity he & his parents could do together. I just think it is so cool to see a kid interested in HBs, and a boy yet. This is the first ever that I have heard of, although probably many folks on this forum have kids who are into them (?). All American kids seem to care about today is violent video games, text messaging, My Space, etc.
Maybe if he does HB gardening his interest will expand to include the butterflies too, since they like a lot of the same flowers.. and they need all the help they can get since we have destroyed so much of their habitat.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2007 at 4:16PM
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Hi There!
I do hope your grandson and his parents have a wonderful, positive experience over here! Who knows? In three years, Jaime just might develop a little "Southern Drawl" from living in Oklahoma! :)

Here's a link to a post from back in the spring/early summer here on GardenWeb. This person (who I think is in California) has a live feed camera attached to the rosebush where his/her hummingbird nests. I know I was able to watch one baby hatch, as well as watch the mother feed her babies. It was really interesting. I don't think there is a live feed at this particular time since there are no more nesting mommies, but I think this person has provided a link to videos from this nesting/hatching/nurturing season. They also stated that the hummers usually start laying eggs again in December. If you bookmark the site, you will be able to check it off and on to see if they have started the live feed again.

Hummingbird Nest Cam

Hope you find time to come visit your family sometime over the next three years!

Beverly in Georgia

    Bookmark   August 29, 2007 at 9:04PM
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