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Hooded oriole freeloading at a backyard hummingbird feeder

Hooded oriole at hummingbird feeder. Photo by Beth, Redwood City, CA
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Gary:
I have a question for you and/or your readers:  What kind of bird is now eating at our hummingbird feeder?  I searched the Internet for information, and saw birds that look similar, but none that seem to be exactly like the one visiting our hummingbird feeder.  I am attaching a photo of the bird here.  I live in Redwood City, California.
Beth, Redwood City, Calif.

Beth:
Your visitor looks to be a hooded oriole (Icterus cucullatus). These birds eat insects, small fruit, nectar from flowers, and the visit hummer feeders to sip nectar with the other birds. Over 50 different bird species have been spotted freeloading at hummingbirds feeders from time to time. Nothing like a little free junk food to start the day. /Gary

Posted on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
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Hummingbird photo: Up close and VERY personal

Hummingbird by Rochelle Rosenkild, http://shellrosecreations.blogspot.com
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Gary:
My niece has an old rose bush in her yard with a hummingbird’s nest in it.

I love this picture because one can see every …  little …  teeny feather. How precious is that! This is near Riverside, CA.
Karen, Hayward, Calif.

Karen:
Every little teeny feather is right! What a beautiful photo! A hummingbird, up close and VERY personal! Thanks for sharing this. /Gary

Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2011
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Hummingbirds fill their little nests with fairytale fillings

Anna’s hummingbird feeding babies. Photo by John Keibel, Concord, CA
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Gary:
Your readers’ and your writings regarding hummingbirds came into sharp focus yesterday (Saturday, March 5) morning. My mother and I sauntered down the local stretch of the canal trail here in Concord to visit a momma hummingbird I’d spied on her nest a week ago.

Sure enough, there she sat in her incredible nest some 6 feet above us, unfazed by our presence and my camera.

Then, as if that wasn’t enough of a treat, we got to watch her zip out for a stretch (that little nest must feel a bit confining) and for some food, and then return to share her meal with the little ones.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
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Hummingbirds nest in the strangest places

Mobile hummingbird. Photo by Larry Johnson, Walnut Creek, CA
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Gary:
Our hummer is at it again.  Last year she used the fan light for her nest.  This year we denied her that spot because of the mess it made … so she chose the fish mobile, and just sits there enjoying the ride.  I wonder if her babies will  be dizzy birds?
Larry Johnson, Walnut Creek, Calif.

Larry:
All hummingbirds tend to be dizzy little characters, if you know what I mean and I think you do.

Kind of reminds me of the mama hummingbird who constructed her tiny nest inside a glass porch light, right up next to the light bulb. I wonder if her babies had a tan? Hummers. You gotta love ‘em. /Gary

Mobile hummingbird and nest. Photo by Larry Johnson, Walnut Creek, CA
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Posted on Thursday, February 24th, 2011
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Saving a hummingbird: Feeling the beat of its tiny heart!

Saving a hummingbird. Photo by Donna Manguiat, Castro Valley, CA
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Gary:
When looking back on 2010, my most cherished moment was saving the life of a hummingbird on Thanksgiving Day

It was early Thanksgiving morning and we were loading up the RAV for the annual family brunch.  I  remember how awfully cold it was and all of a sudden my husband yelled “Oh NO, come over here quick, it’s a dead hummingbird.”

I ran over to the little, still body laying under the empty feeder.  Swearing with my last dying breathe that I would never let the feeder be empty again. I picked it up in my hand and  saw its eye move.  OMG!!  It still had a chance to live.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
Under: hummingbirds, Wildlife | 5 Comments »

Hummingbird & preying mantis: Guess who came to dinner?

Preying mantis and hummingbird at feeder. Photo by Robin van der Bijl, Clayton, CA

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Hi Gary:
I looked out the kitchen window this morning and saw this praying mantis. I went out to take a closer look and saw he was chomping on a bee. I went in to get the camera and the little hummingbird joined him about the same time. Aren’t they cute?
Robin van der Bijl, Clayton, CA.

Hi Robin:
They are cute … but the hummingbird is probably wise to stay on the other side of the feeder. I saw another photo once upon a time where a very large preying mantis was eating a very small hummingbird. It’s a jungle out there! /Gary

Preying mantis eating bee. Photo by Robin van der Bijl, Clayton, CA
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Posted on Tuesday, October 19th, 2010
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Hummingbirds are pushy little characters!

Hummingbird lunching on Salvia. Photo by Bill & Ann, Concord, CA
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Gary:
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
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Posted on Tuesday, September 21st, 2010
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Hummingbird takes shower in mini backyard waterfall

Hummingbird in mini waterfall. Photo by Taka Otagawa, Fremont, CA.
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Dear Gary:
This summer, one of our hummingbirds favored us with his appearance at 8:30 a.m. near the mini waterfall outside our kitchen window. He then sips from the top stream and proceeds to take a shower in it!  This has been the highlight of our mornings.  My husband, Taka, took these pictures.  Hope you can use them.
Myrna Otagawa, Fremont, CA

Dear Myrna:
Where else would a mini bird like a hummingbird take a shower … but in a mini waterfall? beautiful! /Gary

Hummingbird in mini waterfall. Photo by Taka Otagawa, Fremont, CA
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Posted on Tuesday, August 24th, 2010
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Hummingbirds: A truly amazing little video

Hummingbird feeding. (Joe Oliver/Walnut Creek, CA)
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Do you like hummingbirds? Then you’ll LOVE this short little PBS nature video that was just forwarded to me by Rick of El Cerrito, CA.

If you already think hummingbirds are amazing … just watch this 9 minute film. It will blow your mind. Thank you, Rick. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! /Gary

Click on this, sit back … and enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=hjnc1kHMDDo&feature=player_embedded

Posted on Tuesday, July 27th, 2010
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Colombian hummingbird: First ever photo of rare sabrewing

Santa Marta Sabrewing. Photo: © Laura Cárdenas
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Just got this news release from the American Bird Conservancy containing the “First ever photograph” of a Santa Marta Sabrewing, an endangered and nearly extinct hummingbird. Pretty wild! Enjoy. /Gary

MEDIA RELEASE: First Ever Photograph Confirms Colombian Hummingbird
The first ever photo of a living Santa Marta Sabrewing is the first confirmation of the continued existence of this spectacular hummingbird in over 60 years. Stunningly, the area where the bird was found – the El Dorado Bird Reserve in the Santa Marta Mountains of northern Colombia – had been slated for development in 2006 for vacation homes, but was spared by a last minute land purchase through funding from American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and Conservation International (CI), in cooperation with the Colombian conservation organization Fundación Pro Aves who expertly manages several bird reserves in Columbia.

The photograph was taken at El Dorado on 24 March by Laura Cardenas at about 6,200 feet elevation. Cardenas was monitoring migratory birds in the 1,600-acre reserve as part of a research project. This particular bird was caught in a mist net, banded, photographed, and released unharmed.
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Posted on Thursday, April 15th, 2010
Under: Endangered species, hummingbirds | No Comments »