Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Humming along

'Tis the season!

The hummingbirds are back in full force.  
And I'm delighted to say that more have decided to stop in this year than last.  
So far I have counted 6!  
There may be more but who can follow them that fast!

All day outside my office window, I watch them come and go.  



Taking turns to feed.

 Some standing guard.

 Unwilling to share their tasty bounty.

 I have no idea who they consider friend or foe.

 But their fights and flights are constant all day long.

Even when I sit within feet of their feeder, they are fearless of me.
So intent on feeding.



And speaking of 'intent on feeding' .....

 One of the half dozen visiting mourning doves seems to have figured out 
how to get in my sunflower feeder while I was gone.

 This little girl planted herself in there for over an hour yesterday off and on.
Guess she has grown tired of eating the leftovers tossed to the ground!
It's amazing she was able to maneuver herself in there, clumsy as they are.

I guess I think of mourning doves and hummingbirds on opposite ends
of bird agility spectrum.
 
No matter.
I love them all!
 
Hope your week is going well, my friends!
And by the way, I'm not done with Maine pics.
I have more to share!

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40 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

love the little flying jewels. we have at least 2 pair, maybe more, here. :)

Brian Miller said...

ok these are all gorgeous...but that first one is just amazing...the colors, seriously its perfect....i love seeing the humming birds...

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

We've only had two sightings of hummingbirds this year. :( Love yours!! You're so fortunate. That dove looks like it broke into that house. Lordy, she really doesn't fit. Poor girl. Great captures!

Out on the prairie said...

wow, such amazing shots.I love those hummers and set up lots of feeders, but they still argue over food.

Jill said...

I love them too and you captured them so well. I had to chuckle at that determined dove! Bless her heart!

She Who Carries Camera said...

Not many sightings down here so far this year. Your B&B must be the talk of the East Coast! :-) Fantastic captures!

Lissa Forbes said...

Such amazing hummingbird pics. I've taken some and gotten some decent pics, but these are fabulous. It's not easy to get these kinds of captures. Nice work! ;->

Beth said...

what is it about hummingbirds & them not wanting to share? i've noticed that too. lately ours have been having to deal bees ... they are loving my sugar water. poor birds they have no desire to share as you said ... & i miss them. go away bees. come back to stay little birds. my birds are to quick for photos. you must be so quick on the snapping. i will keep trying though. ha. ha!! (:

Sylvia K said...

Such gorgeous, colorful little hummingbirds and your captures are exquisite! And what a clever mourning dove! I wonder if he had to grease his feathers to slide in there!! What a lovely, bright spot for my morning, Reena!! Thank you!

Rosemary Aubut said...

Great shots! I just love hummingbirds you have captured their energy so well!

Snapper II said...

They are feisty little fellows. I think some times they would rather fight than feed. If they were as big as an eagle we would all be ducking. LOL
Great photos.

islandwonder said...

I love the pics. I was excited this week to see a yellow finch in our yard.

bobbybegood1 said...

Thanx for the lovely pics of the birdies. So inspiring. Cheers!!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I never see more than one at my feeder at a time, but in the last week or so, there's been a ton of traffic. Unfortunately, I've not had my camera ready :-(

Pat Tillett said...

I love hummingbirds! We often little dogfights over the feeder in our yard as well. I know of a place that has 5 or 6 feeders out at all times and sometimes there are 20 or more humming birds buzzing all about. Nice photos!

bon bon said...

that silhouette capture is really unique. gorgeous color!

Madi and Mom said...

YAY THE MORE HUMMERS THE BETTER!
Your pictures are gorgeous. Our usual 3 are here. Yesterday while I was filling up the bird bath one of my hummers was nearly humming in my ear. I stood perfectly still while she circled me. I was hoping she would fly through the mist from the hose. Mathis was my closet encounter...of course no camera..except my mind's eye
Hugs
C

Madi and Mom said...

Not Mathis...I meant to type this was...auto correct changed it. Lol

Lisa Gordon said...

These are amazing photographs Reena.
Beautifully done!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I am thinking mourning doves are not that bright either. For weeks, maybe months our pair have been scratching about on the ground below the feeders for scraps that have fallen. It is only in the last week or so I have finally seen them up in the flat tray that was above their heads all this time, getting the first serving.

Catherine said...

I've never seen a Hummingbird in real life. They are so cute. But I do have a lot of Morning Doves though!

I love the birds!

Wishing you a wonderful week!

xo Catherine

Evelyn S. said...

Aren't they wonderful, though!!! If you are just now seeing them "in full force," I wonder if they are storing up for migration? I've had the same number almost all summer long---a few here and there. Both of my feeders are being used, though. I wish I had a location to photograph them as you do.

My Journey With Candida said...

Beautiful pictures. I don't have a feeder out but the hummmers are sure going after all my flowers.

Rohrerbot said...

Right on! Love the Ruby throats. Your feeder is beautiful as are your pics. As you say, they're all welcome around the feeders:)

GailO said...

Stunning photos of these hummingbirds Reena! Makes me really think about getting a new lens:) We have at least six hummers visiting daily too and I love watching them fight and feed all day long. They now don't mind if I am sitting out there rather close to them:) This reminds me that the feeder needs to be refilled early tomorrow morning!

Pat said...

Lovely captures of the hummingbirds. They are such amazing little birds. I love the shot of the dove in the feeder too.

Kathy said...

These little guys can offer up hours of entertainment! We have two or three pair here and the wars go on all day between the males, buzzing and dive-bombing each other - and sometimes me!

rainfield61 said...

Flight or fight, is the way of survival.

They keep repeating.

You keep counting.

Bob Bushell said...

Lovely little Hummingbirds.

Daryl Edelstein said...

Oh those hummers .. I saw one in Santa Fe but was so surprised I didnt move quickly enough to get a shot .. I guess I'll have to hope they're still at your place on my next visit

S. Etole said...

Fun little hummers ... great shots.

ladyfi said...

Enchanting shots! Gorgeous.

Kathryn said...

I simply love hummingbirds, they always seem so delicately beautiful. Haven't seen many here this summer but we've had to pack away our feeders because we're moving soon. Love the shot you got of the dove too, incredible.

Emily Brisse said...

All of these photos, but especially that first one, make me ohso thankful for our feathered friends. Glad I stumbled here this morning!

Gillian Olson said...

Hummingbird are such little acrobats, I could watch them all day too. They are so territorial about the feeders though and scould me if I am too near. Who do you think fills those things, lol, :)

Linda R said...

You know I love popping in here and seeing the birds from you backyard. I have two hummingbird that hangout at our feeder. And boy do they fight over it.. Fun to watch.. Cant wait to see more of you Maine photos.

Hugs~

Madge Bloom said...

Gorgeous!

Stewart M said...

Great pictures - I need to organise my life so I can see sme of these splendid birds!

Great post about the boat as well.

Welcome back!

Stewart M

Ivanhoe said...

How do you get anything done? I would just sit there and watch them all day long :) Beautiful!

CherryPie said...

Lovely, I have missed those little hummers whilst they have been away.