Wednesday, May 23, 2012

They'rrrrrre back!!

 I was so thrilled last year to have the presence of 
several ruby-throated hummingbirds visit frequently.

And thrilled again that they have returned.

 So when I saw this little black-chinned hummingbird,
I was overwhelmed.
So overwhelmed that my photos are so-so.
But that's okay.
I'm hoping of many more opportunities!

 I'm guessing this is his mate.

 They take turns all day long coming by for a sip,
but are a bit skittish when I move in my office window reaching for my camera.
Hope they get over that.

Last year, my visitors never seemed to mind my movement.
They got so used to it, that we eventually got to feed them from our hand.
You may remember that post last year.

Here's a pic of that sweetness feeding from my daughter's hand.

 
I'm hoping for repeats again this summer!
Last year, the females came around quite frequently,
but rarely did the males.

So far, this black-chinned hummingbird is visiting often.
Hope it continues!

By the way, do you ever wonder how in the world they find our feeders??
Guess that's a question for Google!

 Later, my friends,

49 comments:

Hartwood Roses said...

They're here, too. I could sit and watch them for hours!

TexWisGirl said...

cool! we only get ruby-throats here so i'd be thrilled to see a black-chinned.

unikorna said...

you are astonishing, really astonishing, you really took my breath away. I am in love with your magic blog.

Sylvia K said...

These are terrific, Reena! And how beautiful they are! I do love hummingbirds, but you don't see any in the area where I live, so I enjoy your captures even more! Hope your week is going well! Thanks for sharing the beauty!!

Nita Davis said...

I love hummingbirds. Wow, I would never have believed one would drink for the hand. Cool shots.

JillsyGirl Studio said...

I saw one a couple of weeks ago at our feeder (but it had no food) so I immediately went and filled it, but none have returned. Love those little guys and these are magnificent!

Brian Miller said...

omg...the one sitting on her hand...how cool is that...hummingbirds are soooo cool....have a client who gets them at his house every year...nice shots....

Florida Farm Girl said...

What a wonderful, rare experience to see one of those black chinned beauties!!! Keep trying to get a photo with the light showing the brilliant purple throat.

I seldom see hummers at my house during the summer. Only occasionally during spring migration, but more so during the fall migration.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

I had no idea a hummingbird would drink from your hand. That is the coolest thing I have seen in a while. What an experience to have that happen right in front of you.

Kamana said...

you are amazing at catching these birds at their best

bill lisleman said...

amazing birds and great example of exercising the food intake away.

Evelyn S. said...

We had a heavy spring rainstorm move in last night right before dark...and the hummingbirds were fighting over the feeder outside my family room window. That's typical behavior in the rain. ;-) Generally, the males won't share, but last night, two males and a female were perched on the feeder at the same time. Only when another male tried to share did the musical chairs begin. ;-) I, too, have a black-chinned hummer ...and he's staying around longer this year. Calliope, rufous, and Allen's are the other varieties. I would LOVE to try feeding one from my hand!

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

I haven't seen any here yet, can't wait. It was funny that last year the females were more visible than the males. Beautiful pics.

Claudia said...

Gorgeous. That photo of the hummingbird feeding out of your daughter's hand is amazing.

xo
Claudia

Mark said...

Are you kidding me? The bird feeding from a hand? Unbelievable. Amazing amazing photography.

Country Girl said...

Oh, Reena. I love these. I didn't see your post last year with hand-feeding, although I've heard they will do that!

Ginny said...

You have captured living jewels!!! And I have never seen a Black Chinned one, I think they are more rare than the Ruby Throated.

Pat said...

They are beautiful. So far, we've only had some passing through.

Dianne said...

Oh! He's just so magical and to catch that jewelled bird in mid-hover is very clever. a special time indeed xx

bon bon said...

they are so adorable! i've seen two so far but they just darted in and out faster than i could say "hummingbird!" ;o)

grammie g said...

HI Reena...Aren't they wonderful feisty little fella's, I don't know why ,but if I don't have the feeder hung by the first weekend in May...get this..they come right to where I hang it and make a buzzing noise and zoom back and forth..I don't know how they find them!!!
Your photo's are so cute..love the wings over his head one!!
How amazing to have them feed from the hand ..hope you get a picture this year to!!
Grace

My Journey With Candida said...

Yes they are back... and so very thirty. They are one of the bird I miss. I don't put bird feeders out any longer, I guess I should start again.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

That does it...Tomorrow I'm putting my feeder back up because your stunning pictures have given me the nudge to do it--THANKS for that!!

I hope you're doing well!!

Judy @ daily yarns said...

Wonderful shots! Ours are back too, but I've only have seen the ruby-throated hummers.

Ivanhoe said...

Adorable! Love them - birdies and your pictures :)

Rohrerbot said...

Wonderful wonderful shots!!! These pictures are excellent. They are tricky little guys to get on camera....especially their flight patterns:) What's even cooler is that you had a Black Chinned in your area. They may be migrating:) Enjoy! These guys are common around here and loved dearly:) Hope they stick around your feeder. Red is the answer:) It sticks out in the landscape and they are drawn to the color. No need to google:)

Daniel LaFrance said...

Special captures of a truly special bird!

I've never seen anyone ever hand feed a hummer before. That's awesome!

Nancy said...

PBS had a Nature show on hummers last night that I wanted to watch but our power went out after about 10 minutes into it. Blah!

I think you photos are wonderful, Reena! My hummers are back too. :)

ladyfi said...

How utterly utterly wonderful!

Daryl Edelstein said...

at first I thought 'oh she's so excited we're visiting this weekend, she's posting about it' .. HA! I hope to catch a few snaps of those adorable little creatures myself.

Amish Stories said...

As always great close-ups of the birds you enjoy so much, and everyone have a great memorial weekend. Richard

Rosemary Aubut said...

Fantastic shots! They are very quick! I can remember getting many blurry shots! I can remember reading somewhere that they return to the same places year after year so if you want them back make sure your feeders are ready the following year. Looks like you have done a great job of that! Enjoy!

rainfield61 said...

Your feeder is a fantastic stage.

The birds dance and perform, that attracts so much.

Jennifer Richardson said...

glorious share:)
thank you,
Jennifer

Kathy said...

Don't they look for something bright colored? You don't need red food, just something red on the feeder to attract them is my understanding. We have a few males and it is so fun to watch them engage in air battles! They can be real dive-bombers!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

OMG, these are so awesome!! I'm a little jealous as I have a feeder right next to my lantana and have only had one visitor. I think I'm going to try to make my own sugar water from scratch. Maybe they don't like my store-bought stuff. Anyway, the photo feeding out of the hand is incredible.

Madi and Mom said...

Oh my gosh...that hand feeding picture nearly made Mom jumped out of her chair. How long did your daughter have to stand like that? Mom is also a huge hummer lover.

Thank you for these love pictures.
Hugs Madi and Mom

Just Stuff From a Boomer said...

My hummingbirds don't share well eighter. This is the first year (We've lived here 3 now) that I have seen the ruby throated ones.

Love the picture of the little one on your daughter's hand. I never thought they would do that. Now I want to try it.

Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life said...

What a BEAUTIFUL posting of those lovely little hummers.....

Had a chuckle at your query about how they find our feeders... apparently (according to my hubby) they are very inquisitive birds.

We're still awaiting our first sighting this Spring... hope it's soon!

eileeninmd said...

The photos are amazing. How cool you are able to feed them from you hands. I only see the Ruby Throated here, so I am envious of your Black Chinned. Lovely post on your hummers.

Karen Xavier said...

Your pictures are amazing... you work magic with the camera, and apparently birds too! That picture of the bird feeding out of her hand is too pretty ...

Wanda plain~N~simple said...

Reena, your photos are far from being so- so, they are AMAZING!

Steve Gravano said...

Saying your photos are so-so is like calling Mout Everest a hill!

Marcie said...

WOW...absolutely amazing!! Terrific images!

Linda R said...

Oh my gosh.. These are such great photos.. Yes, I am smiling at my computer while looking at them..

Hugs~

Suldog said...

Wow! I had no idea that a hummingbird would ever eat from someone's hand. Way cool!

Hear you're going to be visiting Daryl? I told her to give you a kiss for me. Make sure she does it! :-)

lisa. said...

Reena, these are amazing photographs, and I never thought one would land on a person's hand!!

As far as I know, they look for anything red, which is probably how they find the feeders. however they do it, I'm sure glad they do!

OceanoAzul.Sonhos said...

So beautiful this photos, so amazing this moments!!

You are a great soul Reena...
Good weekend to you!
cecilia

Kerri said...

Hooray for Hummers!