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Hummingbirds are smart critters
« on: May 16, 2011, 04:17:35 PM »
During the summer we put a hummingbird feeder on a bracket by our back windows. Today I was working in the yard on a hillside about 40' from the house. A hummingbird swooped around my head, and came to a hover right in front of me. After staying there a few seconds, he flew down to the house, right next to the empty bracket. He turned around and looked a me for a few seconds, then flew away. Message received! The feeder is now in place for the summer.
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Re: Hummingbirds are smart critters
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2011, 04:38:34 PM »
That's awesome. :)
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Re: Hummingbirds are smart critters
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2011, 05:08:44 PM »
Once me an my wife were sitting on the front porch and I seen our cat climb up the walnut tree. This pretty little bright green bird flew out and landed right on my shoulder. My wife was like 'oh cute, I can't believe that it just perched right there.' Then it shat on me and flew away. Message revived  ???.

There are another couple of those same birds up there again this year. The tree climbing cat is gone. He got killed by a pit bull.
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Re: Hummingbirds are smart critters
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2011, 07:01:19 PM »
Message received! The feeder is now in place for the summer.
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Re: Hummingbirds are smart critters
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2011, 07:32:04 PM »
Wish I could have a feeder or two but my felines won't have it.  :(

Tried it once...and that was the last.
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Re: Hummingbirds are smart critters
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2011, 08:02:45 PM »
hummingbirds are awesome, beautiful, swift and terrible. they are among the most pugnacious, belligerant, feisty creatures on the planet. they'd wade right into a bfi fight thread and kick ass.
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Re: Hummingbirds are smart critters
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2011, 09:00:48 PM »
similar to my dog - when she glances at me and then looks to the top of the beer fridge where her snacks are kept.  she even darts her eyes in that direction while still looking at me.  Gotta love it when animals look at us and think, "I wonder if this dumbass is smart enough to follow my hint."

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Re: Hummingbirds are smart critters
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2011, 10:46:10 PM »
I once found one in the vast high dry mountain desert. It appeared to have
just plain ran out of gas...which I assume must be readily plentiful to fuel the speed
of living that they posess....I kept that mummified remnant just to show for a
while then set it free....true story.  :o
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Re: Hummingbirds are smart critters
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2011, 10:50:44 PM »
Thanks guys. We got'em and I'll set out some sugar water next few days. Didn't know they could be aggressive. But it makes sense in a way.
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Re: Hummingbirds are smart critters
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2011, 11:07:26 PM »
Oh yeah they're aggressive little buggers.  The ladies at my office have feeders all around the building and we have a really nice big garden so it's prime habitat. They get very territorial with each other, particularly in the spring. Now why would that be? Anyway, it like watching mini-dog fights out there sometimes. I even got buzzed once. I hope I never catch one of those to the ear.
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Re: Hummingbirds are smart critters
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2011, 11:18:27 PM »
I've always thought that hummingbirds live life like the Scalosians in the Star Trek Episode, Wink of an Eye

Very cool story in the OP!

(not to mention Deela exhibits extreme babeage!)
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Re: Hummingbirds are smart critters
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2011, 11:27:56 PM »
I once found one in the vast high dry mountain desert. It appeared to have
just plain ran out of gas...which I assume must be readily plentiful to fuel the speed
of living that they posess....I kept that mummified remnant just to show for a
while then set it free....true story.  :o

I believe it. We were up at Lake Granby in Colorado. Alpine withtout being to high maybe 7-8k feet
in altitude. Our host has a nice cabin up there. Huge windows.

Wham! They run into it a lot, and it is not just humming birds. Anyhoo, it was a little green iridescent one.
Pretty. Out of breath. We gave it some sugar water and hoped that it was ok.  It looked like it was done for.
Then out of nowhere pop. zip! and gone...
hummingbirds are awesome, beautiful, swift and terrible. they are among the most pugnacious, belligerant, feisty creatures on the planet. they'd wade right into a bfi fight thread and kick ass.
ROFLMAO!
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Re: Hummingbirds are smart critters
« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2011, 11:46:47 PM »
hummingbirds are awesome, beautiful, swift and terrible. they are among the most pugnacious, belligerant, feisty creatures on the planet. they'd wade right into a bfi fight thread and kick ass.

;D

We get hummingbirds, it's pretty cool.  I saw a hairy woodpecker on the feeder the other day, that was awesome.



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Re: Hummingbirds are smart critters
« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2011, 11:55:12 PM »
I'm a bird person but .22...
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Re: Hummingbirds are smart critters
« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2011, 12:05:10 AM »
Having spent a lot of time around many types of birds, I can tell you without a doubt that they have no awareness of their own ass holes.  Poop flies out whenever - where ever, without conscious effort or thought.

That said, I've only seen two hummingbirds in person in my entire life.  One was at Mount Vernon.  That was an extra special day.
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