STANDING TALL

At sunset the Hummers always go into a feeding frenzy! They are like feathered piranha!

I placed my finger by the feeding port and a male Rufous promptly perched on it and began to sip away merrily! (It’s like last call at a bar!) A female Rufous then decided that she wanted that spot to sip away merrily herself, but I imagined the male said “GET LOST”! So her response was to perch on top of HIM! GIRL POWER RULES!

When I saw her do that I laughed away merrily myself!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rufous_hummingbird#:~:text=Some%20males%20have%20some%20green,slightly%20larger%20than%20the%20male.

98 thoughts on “STANDING TALL

    1. When they perch on my finger it’s such a joy! What nobody knows is that my hand is becoming hypothermic! Because of their collective wings fanning the air, that breeze sucks the heat from my hand.
      Also,I got smart and lowered the feeder so it was lower then my shoulder. That way the blood flowed down and not up!
      Hope your leg is better Emma! You need to begin flying about again!

      1. Ah, I can understand the need to lower the bird feeder so you dont have to have your so high! Smart move, Wayne. The leg’s a lot better but I still walk slower than everyone else (Husband, dogs etc). A new fetaure in my life is a leg-related anxiety dreams! I now have dreams (nightmares really) in which it has snowed (cant be in Swansea, it never snows here) and me thinking “I cant walk in that snow, what if I break my leg again?” The mind is taking longer than the bones to heal!

      2. If I may interpret Emma……….Actual snow is not what worries you,It’s representative.The snow is your worry,your fears you feel all around you. From your leg to Covid to getting older. A summation of the anxiety you’ve felt,are feeling and will be feeling.

        I felt the same thing when I was laid up with my broken leg and I didn’t have a partner to help me get through it. However,as time went by I did become more mobile and those fears lessened.
        You just need to understand and believe in yourself. That you will get better both physically and emotionally.
        You’ll be fine.

      3. You are quite right, Wayne. My fears do lie around me like a blanket. Such wise words. I hope my fear do eventually fade away. My balance has improve (I stand on one leg regularly to practice) and I have finally worked out an exercise that loosens my ankle joint so I can walk down stairs OK (I have to do it every morning as the joint stiffens up over night). I am a person who likes to be active and independent which was why breaking my leg was so hard – I could just get up and do what I wanted. Mind you coping without a partner must have been incredibly tough for you Wayne. … Anyway, I am planning a swim in the cold spring sea some time soon. I am watching the tide timetable for when there’s a highish tide in the morning!!

      4. Ahhh…..a baptismal! How appropriate Emma!
        Yes,I figured from your constant painting excursions that you have been a very active person. So you must feel very frustrated having your wheels spinning and going nowhere. I was younger when I went through my hell but suspect it becomes harder the older we get ……..and I’m not looking to prove my theory any time soon I might I add!
        Do your swim on a full moon,It will help purge…………and that’s when the highest tides are anyways.

      5. Yes, indeed. It’s worse than that. My husband says I should never go out on my own but he’s not a morning person and I am sitting here think I have missed the best light! I will have to settle for long winter shadows!

      6. We visited the scene of the accident the other days – it was bright and sunny with birds singing and I explain how I tripped and landed on the side of my leg that then broke – he said, when footballers fall like that, to the side, they break their legs. He finally understood how it had happened (after a trip dies sound roo bad) because I could not show him how it had happened when I had my leg in plaster! lol!!

      1. I was fortunate enough to see that in Tennessee. We went to a lake that probably had millions of mosquitoes. People hung 2-liter bottles of sugar water from the eaves of lake houses, and hummingbirds swarmed them. It is an exciting sight.

      2. Of course, I spelled litre the American way. For some reason, we have 2-liter bottles of soda and call it that.

        I assumed there were thousands of mosquitoes at that lake in Tennessee, and that’s why there were so many hummers.

      3. and here I thought most Americans didn’t have a clue about metric! Do you measure other things with metric?
        Your industry must be tooling towards it? I know your mfg industry has been metric for decades. NASA,Boeing and all your Universities are all metric.
        They and other birds including bats help keep the bugs in check.

      4. Years ago they tried to force us to measure gasoline (petrol) in liters. I think the pumps sold it that way, with the gallons also displayed. Americans rebelled and wouldn’t go along with it, so it was quietly removed. We still buy gallons of gas. I think the only popular thing that remained was the 2-liter soda. I wouldn’t mind switching to metrics, as long as we would just switch and not have to flip-flop back and forth.

      5. as newer generations come aboard I suspect the old Imperial system will be put on the shelf.
        There was even a difference between CDN and American Imperial systems! Your gallon is 128 ounces,ours is 160.

  1. That was so cute, I have never seen a brown hummingbird. I can’t wait for them to come back to my area. I bought another feeder for this year.

    1. They are CDN hummers so they try not to fight very much! I’m going to have to drill more holes in the feeder as their numbers increase!
      Have you ever written a poem about a Hummer Kamal?

  2. It is delightful to see your hummers sharing so politely! And I love how they sit on your fingers. My hummingbirds are finally sharing the feeder two or three at at time. Great video and thank you for sharing it! :)

    1. yes,I’ve found If there are just a few coming around one of them will covet the feeder and try to stop others from getting a sip but If their numbers increase the landlord gives up and it becomes more communal.
      Thank you dropping in Sabine!

      1. I just got it. Wow! Thank you so much, Wayne. πŸ™‚ The children will be back in school next week, and this will be a perfect spring video. You most have been over the moon!.

  3. This is just amazing Wayne. I was so excited to see my one hummer show up and buzzing around for five minutes tops, then leaving again. I would be ecstatic to witness this feeding frenzy! I tried to count how many were in the video and they moved quicker than my eyes. A snack before bed. :)

    1. Was that recently your hummer came back? “Hope” I believe is what you called her.
      I have seen three dozen hummers buzzing about! You should hear it! It’s as loud as the Annapolis raceway!

      1. I only started feeding “Hope” last Summer in June. It took forever til I saw here for the same time and I only saw her back, so didn’t know she was a female. Originally called her “Homer”. I didn’t see her too much, mostly in the morning, when I was carrying out the two feeders with fresh nectar to hang them on the shepherd’s hooks. I hope I do better this Summer. I need to try at night – I usually come in after my walk and am in for the rest of the day.

      2. I will try that then – I have the red ribbons on the shepherd’s hooks so that the hummers can find the feeders … I really have no other places to put them as I need to keep it away from the Trumpet vine which flower nectar they like, but which is full of ants which march right to the feeder and pop into the port.

  4. It never ceases to amaze me how so much noise can come from such small birds. They are a delightful bunch and well behaved. Our Ruby Throats are a tad aggressive and spend about as much time chasing each other from the feeders as they do drinking. I now hang two feeders at different locations to help alleviate the conflict. I heard a hummer for the first time yesterday. Time to get those feeders up.

    1. Yes,their tiny wings can vary in speed. They normally beat around 75 times per second but can go up to 200 times per second! Which creates a loud buzzing sound of course.
      All hummingbirds covet a food source and try to protect it by warding off any other hummer. Once the numbers increase to a point where the hummer cannot stop them all the feeder becomes more communal.

      1. Thank you Wayne for that explanation! So am I doing my hummers a favor by having two feeders or should I only have one creating a communal situation? On average we have about 8 coming to feed.

  5. Great, cool video, love that female, Wayne! ❀️ One season I used to hold my feeder with an outstretched arm, and the hummers would light on it to feed. After they got used to that, I then tried standing about 3 feet from the feeder on it’s hook, and stretched out my arm and pointer finger, and waited without moving. One would land on my finger and wait it’s turn for the feeder. I almost you-know-what myself every time! 🀣

    1. So your one of the few that knows what it feels like Donna. Good for you Donna!
      I’ve often thought If I got a mannequin and placed it with a finger out by the feeder,I could replace it and they wouldn’t know a thing. Put a jacket on it and then you put the jacket on. To them they would see the same thing they’ve been seeing all week!

      1. Great idea! After getting them to feed while I held out the feeder, I was told I wouldn’t be able to get one to land on my finger. Ha, I was out to prove my friends wrong! It took a few days, I’d wait for them to leave the feeder, get out & in place before the next fly-ins, sometimes standing for quite a few minutes trying not to move (probably looking like a crazy lady hehe). Finally, they’d fly back in to land on the feeder, pushing for a perch. One couldn’t get in and *bam* flew right to my finger and landed! :-) You and I share that ‘wildlife patience’ with photography. 😊 I bet you can do it too!

      2. You bet I can do it? I’m sure I misunderstand you Donna? That’s what this whole post was about,Hummers perching on my finger in both the video and header.
        This is what I do…….Make sure to lower your feeder about a hour before sunset. Hang it so when your arm is extended it is not horizontal but pointing slightly downward. This will stop your arm from going to sleep by keeping the blood flowing.
        I use a monopod with a cushion on top for my extended arm. I use another tripod for the Go Pro and a three point lighting system.
        Of course they go into their feeding frenzy right around sunset. So this is the lights,camera action time!

      3. LOL I did see you hold one on your finger. I am crazy, Wayne! πŸ€ͺ Seriously, I am just ‘returning to earth’ today after seven days in extreme mouth pain. I’m still a little loopy with meds, I did take my last dose an hour ago. πŸ₯΄ hehe I’m going back now to watch again….. :-)

      4. Love it! Have you had one land on your finger and just wait it’s turn to go to the feeder? That was what I got one to do, she and I were three feet from the feeder. I was her waiting branch. :-)

      5. Yes,I have had two beside each other taking turns and one hovering above trying to get in!
        They can be so funny! I just finished watching this one hummer perched on the feeder. There were several dozen flying around in a crazy manner but this one hummer was perched calmly, not moving. All around it was chaos,but it was very content to sit there and be more reflective! I speculate it was on in a “sugar bliss” state. They fill up the gas tank so they can stay warm during the night. Even though they go into torpor,they still need a lot of energy to get through a cool or cold night.

      1. Oh that must bring a smile to you on a cloudy day Lavinia! I saw a Robin yesterday hopping up to grab a berry from the Ivy in front of my place! Never knew they did that?

  6. I’m always amused (amazed??) to see them hopping up on one and other. Just goes to show that all creatures find a way to eat/drink, etc.

    Did you get the larger feeder you mentioned?

    1. They can be very comical at times Angie!
      Yes,I bought a second larger feeder. They do seem to love that old one as the feeding holes are larger than the other feeder holes. Which allows two to feed at once!

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