Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Anna's Hummingbird

Yesterday I was out taking pictures of some amazing cloud formations streaming across the skies, when I heard a loud chittering. I answered back as I often do--and from there began quite a conversation.

Finally curiosity got the better of me and I stepped closer to the pond and overhanging branches to see who was making all the fuss. There was a tiny grey hummingbird. The little fellow tipped his bright eye at me and chittered to me. I answered back--both in hummingbird and human speak--and he flew a little closer. Then he sat on the branch and told me all about whatever it was that was bothering him. Whatever it was seemed quite important.

So I cleaned and filled the feeder for him. This morning I saw him flit past the living room window.

Apparently there is new research out about hummingbirds. It was once thought they did not winter over in cold areas--but flew south for the winter. Contrary to that idea, it appears these little birds are quite hardy, often braving temperatures way past freezing.

They sleep in dense evergreen foliage near houses and fences.

If you do have a wintering hummingbird, they advise that once you put a feeder out, you must keep the feeder going all winter--changing the elixer every six days. This is because the little fellows would have to forage further for food and might starve without the feeders in place.

Now I shall have to name my noisy little visitor. They can become quite tame and have been known come within a few feet of the people who care for them. When the feeders are empty, they will even ask for them to be filled!

I'm looking forward to getting to know this teeny little fellow. I can already see he has quite a huge personality.

Note: Abe Lincoln of who clicks the most amazing photos of birds in his back yard, believes this may be a female ruby throated Hummingbird.


Lois said...

How delightful! Now you have a little friend to spend the winter with. I haven't seen any hummers around my backyard for a few weeks now, so I took my feeder down.

Anonymous said...

I love your story and your photo and I do hope she finds her way back to Florida or to her paradise. Which, by the way, could be your back porch.

Anonymous said...

I love hummingbirds too and its a wunderful sign that you have one wintering over with you. They are so versatile in that they can go very fast, very slow, up, down, forward and even backwards. They are an awesome symbol to embrace and behold.

Catherine said...

Oh, how wonderful! I'm sure whatever was bothering her, she now feels much better about it all! Could she be an Anna's? We have a pair of them that winter here, even through the snows. They are amazing, magical creatures - how fortunate you are that one has chosen your home as a winter palace!

Clytie said...

She is certainly beautiful. There is something magical about hummingbirds I think. You are blessed indeed.