After receiving several emails about the previous post regarding the male hummers behaviour of "zooming" the female, I want to clarify what I thought was amazing about the whole thing.
I have seen hummers at feeders, I've seen them perched in trees, I've seen them at flowers, but never before had I ever seen one sitting in the grass with her wings fanned out. THAT is what I wish I'd had a photo of. We have seen the courting rituals of the hummers every year, but never, ever saw this.
The other night, we had a female on one of the feeders and she was basically hanging upside down by one foot while the male was zooming her. Her little head was busily following his flight pattern and we were afraid she would lose her footing! They are SOOO funny!
Our area got a heavy soaking rain this afternoon, complete with thunder. About the time the sky turned dark, Maggie started vibrating....then she was looking for some place to hide. It took over two hours for her to calm down. Maggie's Mom warned us she has a BIG problem with storms.
Hope you are all having a great weekend!
3 weeks ago