Do your humers get friendlier this time of year

chaoSeptember 8, 2010

This year and last year the humming birds here got a lot friendlier from the middle of August till they left. They are not very friendly when they first arrive each year. How do your hummers act. Red

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nanaboo(z8BRLA)

Hi Red,
Yes, my hummers are a lot more friendly starting in August. Now, I can hold a feeder in my hand,and they buzz around my head. I am trying to take a picture of one feeding from my hand, no luck yet. It does take a lot of patience!

Nana

    Bookmark   September 10, 2010 at 12:20PM
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nanaboo(z8BRLA)

I do not like the pop-up ad. on my post. What do you think?

    Bookmark   September 10, 2010 at 5:46PM
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rob_a(9)

Nana, if you mean the link "picture" in your text, I have to agree with you. I don't like those either. However adds help pay for the expenses of the web site.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2010 at 6:07PM
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nanaboo(z8BRLA)

Rob,
Okay, as long as readers know I did not add the link.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2010 at 10:36AM
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tracey_nj6(6)

It doesn't help that one needs to keep disabling these annoying Vibrant linkages. Seems like I have to do it every other day. Sigh.

Regardless, my regulars are just as twitchy by the time they leave as they were when they arrived. You'd figure they'd get used to seeing me outside all the time, changing their feeders. I like the migrators better. They're more sociable and more curious. I currently have a juvie male that always stops to check me out when he's at the feeder outside my kitchen window. I also think I have a juvie female (she's short & stout) but always "looks" at me so sweetly. Neither fly off if I move, which my regulars always did.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2010 at 1:03PM
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nanaboo(z8BRLA)

Help me identify this hummer. I am looking at her? right now. White tip on tail, grey throat,neck, belly, but 2 large black? spots on neck. Does not look like red gorget, can it be?

    Bookmark   September 11, 2010 at 3:01PM
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hummersteve

Hummers do seem more bold at this time but its a matter of importance now they must feed to get stocked up for the trip south. I noticed today them hardly backing up when I replaced a feeder, not uncommon for this time of year.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2010 at 3:58PM
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chao

Sure makes it bad when they leave. I never dreamed humers could be so much fun. Red

    Bookmark   September 11, 2010 at 5:38PM
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rob_a(9)

Red, Nana is the hummer whisperer.

My hummers are skittish when they first get here, but if they become regulars for the summer, they get used to me being around them and close to their feeders.

When they get used to you they will fly very close, going around you or even up a foot in front of your face, checking you out. It still startles me when I heard that rapid wing beat humming sound close to my ear! LOL

    Bookmark   September 11, 2010 at 6:24PM
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ctnchpr

nana,

Sounds like a juvenile male Ruby-throated. Watch how the single gorget feather on this juvie male flashes red when the light hits it just right...

Here is a link that might be useful: Video

    Bookmark   September 12, 2010 at 1:51AM
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chao

This is my second year of dealing with humers. This year one was so friendly she flew to her nest while I was watching.The nest was in a pine tree. It looks like a little pine cone from the ground. I never could see if she hatched anything. I didnt want to stay to long at a time or climb up and take a chance of scaring her. Will she nest there next year. Red

    Bookmark   September 12, 2010 at 3:45PM
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nanaboo(z8BRLA)

I had one big tummy Ruby Throat male perched on limb near a feeder all day today. The others, about 4, females and juvies sipped from the window feeders, so cute, to watch up close. I hope they are still here in the morning.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2010 at 11:53PM
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hummersteve

Hummers are also rather curious and sometimes very bold. Often when Im outside early at dawn with my coffee it is not unusual for them to flutter in front of face just 1 foot away mano mano and it can be slightly unnerving. Are they saying "good morning" or "what are you doing in my area" either way its fun.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2010 at 10:59AM
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