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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Show & Tell Friday: The Amazing Hummingbird

After several attempts to lure some hummingbirds to our yard, we finally hit the jackpot!
Mr AVO read an article about these lovely creatures online and decided to make his own 
sugar water for our feeders.  
On the first attempt, the ants got into the mixture so quickly, they clogged up the entire feeder.  We were reluctant to use any chemicals around these little guys as it would be toxic for them.  He sprayed the fence post with ant spray and soaked the bottom of it where they would start their trek upward and then waited a day or so for the chemicals to dissipate.
This is an amazing shot for me...couldn't believe I got it.

Those tiny little feet are used only for perching...not for walking.
I know that the feeder doesn't make for a great shot but wanted to show him up close

Well, now that these little creatures have found the sugar water, they pretty much ignore the flowers we planted to attract them!!!
They are coming in droves...hubby says that they must have alerted all the hummingbirds in our area.  One would think by looking at them that they would be delicate little things...they swoop and swerve and knock each other off the feeders and squawk the entire time...I never realized that they were such noisy little guys.  If I look out in the early AM, I sometimes see as many as 12-15 of them flying and squawking and feeding.
I've also read that our birds here on the west coast come from Mexico City...they are migratory.  The round trip is about 6,000 miles...amazing!  Also read that they have the largest brain for their size in the bird world.
Thank you for visiting with me today and I hope you enjoyed yourself.
Please leave a comment to let me know you were here.
I'm joining Cindy's lovely Show &Tell party today...please take a peek at all the other posts over at My Romantic Home.


Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

LOVE this! Hummingbirds are ALWAYS at the top of my FAVORITE list! Thank you for sharing them with us!

My Dream Canvas said...

This is lovely!!


I love those little hummingbirds as well. I have 6 this year... the most I have ever had! Thanks for sharing those pictures.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Lenore...

Ohhh...what beautiful creatures...these little hummingbirds! You really did get some fabulous photos...I would think they would be really difficult to get! We were up in the Colorado mtns. last week and we had all kinds of hummingbirds flitting about! I couldn't capture even one with my camera! Thank you for sharing these beautiful little birds with us today!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Fiona Designs said...

I adore hummingbirds! Congrats on your fab photos!!!


Southern Lady's Vintage said...

How delightful!! Great photos Lenore! I would love to see a photo of the 12-15 of them as they gather to feed!

Pam Kessler said...

What great photos. I love that you caught their wings in flight. I used to have lots of humming birds, but this year I haven't seen a single one. I just gave up and took down my feeder the other day.

My first visit here - LOVE your vintage birdie header.

myeuropeantouch said...

A-ma_zing !!!!!
Such beautimus creatures...
Thanks for sharing...Monika

BailiwickStudio said...

Those birds are amazing! and so are your photos. I've seen a few hummingbirds around here, but only one at a time. I can hardly imagine 12 at once! ::Jill

Sugar Pink Boutique said...

Oh my goodness those are beautiful shots! I just love hummingbirds! Thank you for sharing with us!

Anonymous said...

Truly amazing shots.
That is a lot of hummingbirds at one time. We see 3 at most together.

Tricia Rose said...

There are no hummingbirds where I come from,so they delight me now, in California. I can't believe how bold they are, sometimes coming right up to my face to get a good look, it seems! I planted flowers for them too, don't give them sugar water as I am too often away, and it ferments.

Your photos are so good!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Girlfriend...

I just wanted to come back by after reading the sweet, sweet birthday wishes that you left for me, my friend! Thank you sooo much!!! I know it's a little late, sorry...I didn't realize that you also had a birthday this month! Sending my very best wishes for another blessed year, Lenore! Happy (belated) Birthday!!! So glad that you came by...sure have missed you, sweet lady!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

fiberdoodles said...

I just adore hummingbirds. What great pictures ;0)