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Monday, May 10, 2010

All Over the Place

Isn't it nice to see the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds come back every spring? They now extend over most of their range and are always such a welcome sight.


Every year I closely monitor the migration map. Perhaps because of the nearby escarpment, we see them reported north of us, east of us, and west of us several weeks before they arrive here.


We seem to have a lot of them this year. We have three feeders and a guardian hummingbird at each one. We saw one of them challenge a goldfinch that dared to perch on the branch with the hummingbird. The goldfinch left.

This particular bird often sits on the hook above the feeder as if daring anyone to approach.




Finally, there must be lots of job opportunities for proof-readers.



Freeze-frame from the Internet

18 comments:

Vicki Lane said...

We've been seeing the male hummers for a little over a week now. I worry about them with the chilly nights we've had.

robin andrea said...

We've been making more hummingbird juice than ever before. Sometimes a quart a day! Six on the feeder at once, and a few dive-bombing them for their seat. They are the fiercest little things.

Correct spelling is so 20th century.

Busy Bee Suz said...

How nice that you have guardian hummingbirds.
And what a word to misspell!!

Tricia said...

Fantabulous shot! Mine isn't as clear, but I've captured a couple too

Barb said...

Great Ruby photo - look at that sharp little beak!

Cheryl said...

Hummingbirds....so very beautiful. I always get excited when bloggers in the states post them. They are for sure a most exquisite species.

TaraDharma said...

great bird shot - what a handsome fella. we have many hummers around here, and I often hear them buzzing around the yard while I'm sitting quietly outside.

oh, that Fox news...
:-)

Leedra said...

Gave us a good laugh on the news photo....but really like seeing the hummingbird.

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George said...

We finally saw our first hummingbird this afternoon. They may have been around earlier, but we didn't see any before we left for the beach. Now we just have to get some good pictures.

Shelley said...

I'm hoping the hummers grace me w/ their presence again this spring! I have my feeders ready!

merrilymarylee said...

You'd think they'd have spellcheck.

I need to buy a new feeder, PRONTO!

KGMom said...

Very cool migration map.
Yikes, we are behind getting out our feeder.

Oh, and the answer is--YES, your eductaion not only WILL be hurt, but it already HAS been.

Jayne said...

I have a little male coming to the feeder, but I've not seen many females yet. Had one get caught in hubby's garage the other night, but was able to climb a ladder and gently grasp her in my palm before taking her out and telling her to stay out of the garage. :c)

Eductaion always suffers with gas...lol!

Rudee said...

I haven't seen any hummingbirds in Michigan, but it's been so cold and rainy here.

As for that last photo...consider the source.

Bird Girl said...

My hummers just came back - it is a joy to see them! I like your picture. I never take good hummingbird pictures - I need to work on that ;-)

Naturegirl said...

Thank you for reminding me to get out those hummingbird feeders! They bring such wonderful playful energy to the garden zooming in and out!

Ruth said...

How nice to have him perch for you. They are very elusive in our area. I saw only 3 last year...very, very briefly too.

dAwN said...

So you have all the Hummingbirds...we have been wondering where they are.