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Hummingbirds are pushy little characters!

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 at 6:22 am in hummingbirds.

Hummingbird lunching on Salvia. Photo by Bill & Ann, Concord, CA
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I found a spunky hummer having lunch at my Salvia bush in my backyard. As I crept up, he spun around and stared me down for a second, then went back to his meal.
Bill & Ann, Concord

Hummingbird staring you down. Photo by Bill & Ann, Concord, CA
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Bill & Ann:
What the hummer was saying was, “Come back later, Dude, I’m busy eating right now!”

They may be the tiniest birds in the world, but they are also the pushiest. The male Anna’s hummingbird that lives in my (his!) backyard, waits for me to come out and start watering my garden with the hose, and then zooms down and hangs in the air right in front of me … waiting for me to give him a shower with the fine spray.

If I take too long to start spraying him, he starts to “yell” at me. Hummingbirds, you gotta love them. /Gary

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2 Responses to “Hummingbirds are pushy little characters!”

  1. Dianne Cantor Says:

    I have more than 50 hummingbirds at 2 feeders which I’m having to fill 4-5 times a day. They arrive for breakfast at 6:15 am and leave after dinner, around 7:15 p.m. What amuses me is they now recognize my car and as soon as I come home, they come zooming in for more food (if I go out for awhile, they empty the feeders). They are a delight. (I live in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico)

  2. Lindy Says:

    I totally agree! These little birds do have spunk! I’ve watched them as they buzz my cat’s face as she lying in wait for them to snack on our salvias!

    They’ve scolded me as I try to change the nectar in their hummingbird
    as I don’t do it quite fast enough!

    And, yep, you’re quite right when you say, “Hummingbirds, you gotta love them.”

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