Thursday, August 30, 2007

View From My Backyard - Crazy Hummingbird

I almost unsubscribed to an enewsletter I get from a National Wildlife Organization because I find many of their emails are not very informative and not horribly interesting. But, their latest email newsletter had an article that caught my eye...and talked about a subject I am a little more familiar with. No matter how much I make my yard friendly to wild life according to their check list I am never going to see a deer trot up to my back window. It ain't happen'. For one, we live in a busy suburb with no real wooded area nearby, but even for the stray deer who comes our way I highly doubt they can make it over or under our 6ft white vinyl fence nor would they want to with our two crazily barking dogs on the other side. Nor can we lure the occasional squirrel. We live in a new community and all our trees are about 7ft high with about three 3ft branches. Not much for the squirrel community to want to move into. I know there are some rabbits but haven't found them munching in the backyard...just in the front where they are safe from our mutts. But what we can attract are birds and my newest interest is hummingbirds. Anyways, this e-news talked about how it may seem like hummingbirds are attacking...and it does...I go out to water my flowers and one zips by my head every minute or so. But, what the article pointed out is that there is an increase in numbers this time of year as the hummingbird young are up and flitting about as well. So, that is why my 4 hummingbird feeders keep going empty and why I feel like I am under an air raid when I step outside...the hummingbird babies are all grown up and flitting about. Cute! I guess my lone hummingbird is not a nectar addict..he has just numbered up and sure enough...if I watched long enough I saw that it was not one humminbird at all - but more like two or three at least! So I thought I would sit still for awhile outside and catch one in action. Here it the picture I got as a result.

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