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Bitter-sweet

It is September already, and this is the time when my garden become a battle field. This is the time when I may have the more of them. One is perching on the Weigela bush, a key position over the garden. The other one took over the feeder beside the bench,   a little one will guard the feeder on the deck, and two other are chasing these three, trying to get the best places to watch and feed.

Flowers in good shape, feeders with  fresh syrup, frenzy hummingbirds hovering, chasing, buzzing around.  They give me so much joy, and I try to ignore the fact that this may be the last day to see them here. And I am glad for each and every day they are here, before they take the long big trip to South.

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How pretty am I???

Watching the hummingbirds is always amazing.  I spend lots of time waiting for the big -wonderful shot, and I always have my camera ready. But these little birds are so very fast, and my camera clicks a second late almost every time.  I didn’t get “THE” picture, but some of them are really funny.  Browsing through the summer’s photos brings me back to the sunny days.

They come back at the feeder almost every 15 minutes; some of them fly back very quickly, others are taking time for resting and guarding.  Perching at the feeder is not very often,  but they will fly somewhere close and watch the feeders from any intruders.

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A good and healthy meal: catching small flying insects will provide the protein needed. Look at that tongue! good for sipping the nectar and fly-catching as well.

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Preening, scratching and stretching…

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A nap after a good meal? I don’t know if they really nap, but those eyes are closed for sure 🙂

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My last thought: aren’t they so pretty??? The delicate body shape, those dark eyes with a small white spot in the corner of the eye.  And the shiny emerald like green… totally addictive.

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September’s Hummingbirds

A day in the garden.

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Who is she?

Remember Fuzzy,  the friendly hummingbird from last summer? She liked to perch on top of a tomato stick support. From there she could guard the garden and protect it as her territory.  This year, a hummingbird as “fluffy” as Fuzzy was, perches on the same stick, and behave like my dear Fuzzy. Is it possible? Is Fuzzy back???

Look at these pictures, this one is Fuzzy, October 2012. The red area is the feeder I had in my hand… she let me fed her 🙂

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This picture is from a few days ago, not the same position, but… looks familiar.

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Fuzzy last year, below:

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And this year…is it Fuzzy? or not?

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First row is Fuzzy, last year. Second row is my girl this year. She is not shy, she likes the flowers and the feeders and she comes  so close to us… no fear.

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Whoever is she, is a beauty!  I can see her  almost every time, around the flowers or in the trees or on top of the bamboo cane.  Hopefully more pictures to come!

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

It was June

My secret wish is to have more hummingbirds than the last summer.  This is why my garden becomes the host of more and more flowers.  It was only June and my hopes were so high… The two males were accompanied by 2 other females. Dancing in the air and hovering around the garden, they gave me the beautiful show I was expecting: the mating dance,  U shape flights and fights to defend the territory.  At this time I wasn’t yet able to say if they were new or they have been already in my garden.  I’ve  had 4 tubular feeders, and two other from hummzinger.  It wasn’t too much activity, or at least not as much I was expecting, and for sure less than the previous summer.  Anyways, I was happy with my little hummers coming  every day.  However, I prefered more to watch and less taking pictures. DSCN0179 DSCN0178 DSCN0282 DSCN0281 DSCN0280 DSCN0185 DSCN0180-tile DSCN0180

Happy New Year!

 

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It’s a boy!

The first hummingbird of the season finally arrived Saturday, May 8th, around noon time. The waiting was so long. By the end of April I wasn’t patient at all, looking on the window with the hope they are back.  That day,  I left the feeder on the table  just for a few minutes.  And here he is: waiting on top of the bottle, amazing beautifully.  The quality of the picture is not good, it was taken through the door screen, but this is one of the most important pictures of the season.This day was the beginning of joy, a summer of hummingbird watching and the appreciation of the beauty.