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Hummingbird takes a shower in the lawn sprinklers

By Gary Bogue
Friday, May 13th, 2011 at 5:33 am in hummingbirds.

Anna’s hummingbird taking a shower in lawn sprinklers. Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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“Ahhhhhh … nothing like a nice cool shower in the backyard lawn sprinklers!” said the Anna’s hummingbird.

This is an Anna’s hummingbird, which I can’t seem to shoot at our many feeders in the backyard, but to my surprise hovered to take a shower while I was working on my sprinklers.
Dave Harper, Oakley, California

I have a male Anna’s who lives in my backyard that does the same thing. When I am out hand watering in my garden, the second he spots me reaching for the hose, he zooms down and hangs right in front of me about 2-feet away, waiting for me to hit him with the fine spray. Once he’s soaked, he zips back up to his perch in the apple tree and preens for the next five minutes or so.

Hummingbirds … you gotta love them! /Gary

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3 Responses to “Hummingbird takes a shower in the lawn sprinklers”

  1. Ruth Says:

    Gary and Dave,
    When I had my house in Hayward, I had a very large backyard with a vegetable garden. I would water before work in the mornings and early evening. I also had an Anna’s that showered while I watered. He would hover within just a couple of feet and sometimes almost sit on my shoulder, then go sit on a branch of the peach tree to groom and dry off. He was many times the hightlight of the day.

    Gary thank you so much for having this blog. I really enjoy reading and seeing all of the marvelous entries.

    Ruth, Concord, CA

  2. Tish Gill Says:

    I, too, live in Oakley, and I have a Hummingbird situation that has me totally confused.

    Our backyard has been a refuge, for years now, for birds, especially my Hummingbirds (and red and yellow Finches.) In February of 2009 and 2010 we were blessed to have a Mamabird nest in our avocado tree – at eye level. We have many wonderful photos – even one of my husband protecting the nest with an umbrella during a particularly nasty rain storm. We were disappointed when she didn’t return this year.

    Now, it’s my understanding that Hummingbirds nest and hatch earlier than other birds, to protect the babies from predators – allowing them to get bigger, stronger and more street smart before they need to protect themselves.

    We now, in mid May, have a Mamabird furiously building a nest in the avocado tree. Is it likely it’s her again? Why would she have delayed the construction? Is this common? Anyone out there know?

  3. Gary Bogue Says:

    Tish: They USUALLY nest earlier than other birds. Sometimes, if we have a weird weather year (like this year), with lots of rain and cold temperatures, they will nest later like yours is doing. Also, hummingbirds will sometimes nest 2-3 times a year. Your hummer may have already nested once this year. This may be your Mamabird’s second nest this spring. That’s why birdwatching is so much fun. You don’t always know what the neck is going on! /Gary

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