Paula's Patch: A Minnesota Garden

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VIDEO: Male Hummingbird September 2, 2011

One morning while we were enjoying our morning coffee on the deck, one of our male hummingbirds dropped by to eat. We are only sitting a couple of feet away, but hey, if you’re hungry you don’t care who’s around! male ruby-throated hummingbird | OperationRubyThroat.org

This is one little guy who’s grown up in our yard, so he’s not particularly shy. My hubby is the one who fills the feeders and the hummers buzz his head while he’s removing and replacing the feeders to their hooks. It’s pretty funny. Not sure if they’re saying ‘thank you’ or ‘its about time’! LOL

We have 4 feeders in different spots, selfishly for our viewing pleasure. It’s fun to watch them fill their bellies, then perch on a nearby branch to stand guard. They are territorial and stake a claim chasing all the others away. Eventually everyone gets their turn.

This year, we’ve counted 5 or 6 regular visitors. Sure wish we could spot a nest – wouldn’t that be fun to watch? Not likely though. Their nests are only about 2″ x 2″.

Did you know?

  • The female hummingbird is 15-20% larger than the male?
  • That baby hummingbirds cannot fly? They are full-grown before they leave the nest!
  • They eat their weight in nectar every day?

Do you have hummingbirds in your yard? What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen them do? (Click Leave a Comment in bottom right corner.)

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3 Responses to “VIDEO: Male Hummingbird”

  1. Great video! I just put up a video of a hummingbird at my salvias but it isn’t as clear as yours. Thanks for sharing!

    • Paula B Says:

      Really love your idea of music and the garden. Your video is beautiful with all your great garden activity and wonderful music! Am an an amateur, at best, when filming or photographing. The garden is a wonderful place! Thanks for visiting and sharing your blog with me. 🙂

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