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Old 09-04-19, 09:03 PM
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Hummingbirds are good luck

That's not the same as being lucky. One flew into my apartment through the garden door and couldn't find its way back out. To the delight of my cats. It's incredibly difficult to catch a wild animal when you're determined not to hurt it, I got it in a towel but they're so delicate, it requires a gentle touch, and it escaped before I got it back outside. Had to recruit a neighbor to help me chase it to freedom.
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Hummingbirds are the meanest little boogers. I put sugar water out in the feeders and it’s game on! Dive bombing me and fighting each other over the water. Incredible they can fly 500 miles without stopping. They need all that sugar. But yeah they are hard to catch when trapped in a structure. They get caught in the garage and they have the tendency to fly to the ceiling even with the doors open. Luckily I have several fishnets I use to gently catch them and send them on their way. But sometimes there are casualties. Fascinating birds to watch and that buzzing sound they make.
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They love to tell my cats off!
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Can you imagine having a heart rate range from 50 to 1260bpm?
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Or having to eat almost constantly, or you'll die? And they don't sleep, they take mini-comas.

As if that's not an arduous enough existence, our cat eats probably half a dozen of them a year.
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I've never had a cat that can catch them.
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My intellectually challenged cat catches a lot of birds, the day after my accident he brought me two to cheer me up, but he's never managed to get a hummer. Not for lack of trying. I think it's probably because they never land on the ground.

(I have two cats, the other is a genius.)
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Our "spends 18 hours a day outside" cat thinks it's an invincible weapon of mass destruction, and she's mostly right. Along with hummingbirds, she's gotten all manner of songbirds, pigeons, ground squirrels, pocket gophers, mice, rats, lizards... pretty much anything that is her size or smaller and gets too close to the ground. We've never once had a mouse in the house.

Our other cat is basically feline Ralph Wiggum. I've watched it scare itself so badly it hid under the bed for 6 hours.
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Maybe it's just Texas hummers, but like Hondo said, they're feisty little rascals. If they were bigger there'd be a lot of unexplained deaths from beak stab wounds.

Same with mockingbirds. Good thing they don't have natural weapons or opposable thumbs to go with that attitude.

Hummers are cute in the same way housecats are cute. Thanks to genetic miniaturization we have the luxury of regarding tiny killing machines jacked up on sugar or catnip as cute.
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Had three feeders in different locations in the back yard... all situated so they could be viewed from somewhere in the house. Noticed two had lots of visitors... one was guarded and defended by just one fiesty hummer... that hummer would chase off others.

We also ended up with a hummer nest in a nearby vine on a trellis... near a front gate. Could not help but observe the progress. Dang small little things. Was quite cool.
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I've got them here, too....but I did not put out my feeder this year (not sure where it ended up).
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Maybe it's just Texas hummers, but like Hondo said, they're feisty little rascals. If they were bigger there'd be a lot of unexplained deaths from beak stab wounds.

Same with mockingbirds. Good thing they don't have natural weapons or opposable thumbs to go with that attitude.

Hummers are cute in the same way housecats are cute. Thanks to genetic miniaturization we have the luxury of regarding tiny killing machines jacked up on sugar or catnip as cute.
This is why cats torment animals, they've evolved to stay at arm's length until their prey is too exhausted to defend itself. Mainly because of birds with sharp beaks. So I've read.
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One got trapped in our solarium last year, which gets pretty hot in the summer. We found it on the ground, exhausted. We put some sugar water on a small spoon to allow it to drink some. It perked up really quickly and we managed to get it out of the solarium. It headed straight for one of our feeders.
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
Hummingbirds are the meanest little boogers. I put sugar water out in the feeders and itís game on! Dive bombing me and fighting each other over the water. Incredible they can fly 500 miles without stopping. They need all that sugar. But yeah they are hard to catch when trapped in a structure. They get caught in the garage and they have the tendency to fly to the ceiling even with the doors open. Luckily I have several fishnets I use to gently catch them and send them on their way. But sometimes there are casualties. Fascinating birds to watch and that buzzing sound they make.
Yup, they're very aggressive. We have 5 feeders placed around the yard. The hummingbirds will guard the feeder, chasing away any other hummers that try to get to it. Luckily there are enough feeders to go around for the 1/2 dozen hummers we get in the yard.
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Originally Posted by Alfster View Post
One got trapped in our solarium last year, which gets pretty hot in the summer. We found it on the ground, exhausted. We put some sugar water on a small spoon to allow it to drink some. It perked up really quickly and we managed to get it out of the solarium. It headed straight for one of our feeders.
I've read that in normal circumstances (when there's no human to save them) touching the ground means death, their wings are too long to take off again. Article said that land on plants for rest. How did yours get airborne again?
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https://www.nationalgeographic.com/m...-hummingbirds/
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Thanks for the fascinating link @noisebeam.

If we didn't know about evolution, I would swear they were part insect.
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If we had the metabolism/activity of a hummingbird we would need about 150,000 kcal per day.
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It says they take in 10,000 calories a day of nectar. I don't know whether that's cals or kCals, either is hard for me to believe.
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I had an alpha Anna's hummingbird for probably 6 years, all year 'round. In later years, he would hang out near treetop level in midpair to dive-bomb any fellow hummer in any of my three feeders. (He couldn't see the far one but could see his fellows approaching it.) He was completely unafraid of me. Used to buzz past my hear and scare the **** out of me. Once he hovered waist high 4 feet in front of me and we looked at each other for maybe a minute. Almost touched him changing the feeder and not seeing him. On cold winter days, I;d have to bring out warm feeders to replace the frozen ones. He'd be in the scolding me for being late. Now I have an newbie alpha. He's learning but I miss the old one. A friend.

A few days ago I got to watch a hummer zoom in and out of the tops of two small pines. Couldn't figure out what he was doing. He wasn't stopping to feed and his flight seemed pretty random. Then I figured out he must be hunting bugs that hang around pine trees. (We don't think about this often, but they need protein just like the rest of us and nectar provides non.)

I got to hold a hummer (Male Anna) in my hand that I found in a bike lane. Perfect. Not one ruffled feather. And beautiful! Got to hold it up to the sunlight and see the gorgeous display. Sad too. I laid it well off the road for its fellow critters to consume.

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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
It says they take in 10,000 calories a day of nectar. I don't know whether that's cals or kCals, either is hard for me to believe.
That would have to be small calories. kCals would put it at 2.5 kilos a day! I feed my ~3 average hummers a little less than 10 pounds of sugar a year with about a third being tossed out. (Hummers weigh ~3gms, ie one penny, Having held one, I can vouch that is pretty close.)

Edit: My two wintering over hummers consume incredible amounts of sugar water on cold ways. Nearly all of 8 ounces of sugar water, 4:1 ratio by volume in 3 days. No insects, no evaporation (being roughly freezing) so that consumption is entirely by 6 grams of bird.
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had two in my garage last week. took about 30 minutes to get both of them out. I wouldn't sleep leaving them in there.
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Amazing creatures. I think I might have a screech owl next door. I've never even seen the thing in the several months that it's been around but the recordings for identification are what it sounds like.

I've been killing crows that come around with my .22 rifle so they won't bother the owl's nest. So if that's bad luck then I'm down for it because I just don't like too many crows around anyway. It's like a neighbor binge-playing Janis Joplin at full volume all day long.
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We recently put up two humming bird feeders so that they are not visible to each other. On about the second day they were up, we counted 11 birds buzzing around one feeder, may have been more. However, they were busier asserting dominance than eating. That seems to be standard behavior. One bird will chase anyone else away even though not eating at the time. At least one bird has figured out that he can sit on a tree at the corner of the house and see both feeders at the same time and shoo away other hummers from both feeders.
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