Undertoad Tuesday Dec 19 08:36 AM
December 19, 2006: Hummingbird turf war
Griff Tuesday Dec 19 08:50 AM
They are fun to watch. Imagine F-16 speeds with helicopter manuverability. Except much better.
Sheldonrs Tuesday Dec 19 09:00 AM
I wonder if they were humming the music from "West Side Story".
Shawnee123 Tuesday Dec 19 09:30 AM
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Dec 19 04:39 PM
I've heard a lot of people say they're like midgets on meth, real aggressive, because their metabolism is so high they have to eat often.
mandos Tuesday Dec 19 05:08 PM
We had these birds at my house in Southern California where I grew up. They are very aggressive to other hummingbirds. It's actually fun to watch, they'll do this aerial joust sort of thing where they each rise up vertically to 50 or more feet and then dive down in a J shape and go right at each other. I've never seen them colide so I assume they're just trying to peck each other in passing, but they go FAST! Very flashy and a bit mean to one another.
capnhowdy Tuesday Dec 19 09:28 PM
Beautiful. They won't be still long enough to get a good look at 'em.
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Dec 19 11:05 PM
Hi Mandos. Didn't hurt at all, did it.......and next time it won't seem hardly perverted at all.
Karenv Wednesday Dec 20 02:49 AM
I am in New Orleans doing rescue work. People tell me that they haven't seen hummingbirds since Katrina hit. (Along with frogs and a few other kritters.)
SPUCK Wednesday Dec 20 07:04 AM
They also don't notice us since we are just not in their size range. If I'm standing on my porch with my head 2 feet from the feeder they completely ignore me. You can watch them close up.
Sundae Wednesday Dec 20 12:20 PM
Now I'm scared to go out in the fog in case vertically challenged substance abusers are roaming the streets headbutting kneecaps for drug money
Sarasvati48 Wednesday Dec 20 01:33 PM
I spend a lot of time all year round, sitting on my deck, watching the hummingbird dog fights over the feeder. They come pretty close to my head, and it's amazing that they don't fly into me. When I'm refilling the feeder(when it's empty, they hover, looking at me thru the kitchen garden window, and the patio door)they buzz all around my head with impatience...
Shawnee123 Wednesday Dec 20 05:02 PM