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Bob Babcock

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07-27-2007 11:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hummingbird

In response to a couple of requests I managed to capture one of our hummingbirds on camera. The trumpet vine is visited about every couple of minutes all day long. There is at least one nest nearby but I can’t find it. These pictures and video are of the female…the male is bright green with a red throat. (Ruby Throated)

Is this common? I saw a wasp chase off a hummingbird from the flowers…looked strange….hummingbird zigging and zagging like crazy with a wasp hot on his tail.

Very tough to get a decent picture of these little guys. So fast….in fact the video capture rate on my digital camera can’t keep up. You’ll see that he seems to jump from one spot to the next and the video is at 30 frames/sec.

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Fun to watch.

-- Bob

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#1 posted 07-27-2007 11:32 PM

these are wonderful!
They are such fast little guys.

We had two females fighting over the one feeder the other day.. oh my what a dual …

Oh feeder has little posts for them to sit on and it is fun to watch them drinking the fake nectar. They are like those little bobbing bird things that they had years ago where they would drink from the glass ….

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 07-27-2007 11:35 PM

I love hummingbirds. My parents have alot of them around their place. They are cool to watch. Thanks for posting this stuff, Bob!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 07-28-2007 12:05 AM

I love the littler fellers too. This year we had two nests in our garden.

A shot I took of them in the sun.

I have some video of their first time flying too.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#4 posted 07-28-2007 05:49 AM

Cool photo John. Amazing how small they are.

-- Bob

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#5 posted 07-28-2007 06:36 AM

Great pictures from both of you guys.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#6 posted 07-28-2007 07:09 AM

Thanks guys for posting the pics. My wife and I spend a lot of time on the patio watching the few birds that we get feeding at our feeders. I have seen 2 hummingbirds in the past 5 years (one actually only yesterday). They are here, we just never seem to catch them. Enjoyed yours Bob and Giz.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 07-28-2007 09:47 AM

I’m another hummingbird guy – good stuff planted out back just for them. Had one fly by the side of my head this week – I could feel the air from it’s wings…shivers.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#8 posted 07-28-2007 11:05 AM

look at the babies’ beaks!! very cool.

Dorje, I had one hover by my ear once, as I was picking berries (beside a hollyhock flower) and I thought a helicopter was beside me..

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#9 posted 07-28-2007 01:17 PM

yeah, the humming birds are great to watch, we have been feeding them for years, first in CA now in PA. I was amazed that they are up here in northern PA. I recently started feeding the local birds and now have a small war going on with the small squirrel division being backed up by a chipmunk brigade. I thought I had the upper hand until yesterday when I saw a squirrel sitting on the feeder again . We had them beat for several weeks. Before that a raccoon was a problem but I sent him to meet with his ancestors. The battle rages on :)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#10 posted 07-28-2007 02:18 PM

“where there’s a will.. there’s a way”
(that’s the motto of the squirrels and chipmunks!!)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 07-28-2007 04:57 PM

Great photos. I’m a bird person too. Only seen one hummer this year but have lots of doves and other birds around the house. Also, we have a few pet birds including these…



-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 07-29-2007 02:14 PM

Gotta love those hummers!! I have 6 feeders out all the time. As many as 12-20 battle over them all the time. Better duck sometimes though. They get real nasty protecting the feeders…


-- Jimmy

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#13 posted 07-30-2007 12:53 AM

we “saved” a baby bird from the swimming pool yesterday.. poor little thing made its way half way around the pool and climbed onto the ladder while were trying to save it.
The little creature (we think it was a baby wren) was sooo tiny and had lost half of its tail feathers during the ordeal (or perhaps prior to the swim).

We left it panting high in a tree. An hour later it was gone. We know not where. (we didn’t see the cats licking their lips.. )

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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