Mar
30
2017

US-4025930

bya Gabrielle at 11:03 AM

Hummingbirds

It’s almost hummingbird season again. I recently accidently destroyed every single one of my feeders(7 of them) because I’m an idiot. I put them in the bottom of my dishwasher and melted them into unrecognizable shapes. I’m fully aware that putting plastic in a hot dishwasher is a no-no, so I can’t tell you why I did it anyway. I’m an idiot like I said. I tried putting them in the top, but they were too tall and wouldn’t fit. Next time I won’t leave them out in the elements for an entire season, like an idiot, and that way they won’t need a dishwasher to clean them. You should have seen them. Somehow I didn’t puke rinsing them before placing them in the dishwasher.

This postcard came from Tomball, Texas, just north of Houston. It took just 4 days and traveled 898 miles.

Here in Matthews, we only get ruby-throated hummingbirds, so far as I am aware. I’m always so insanely jealous of the videos that have 20, 30 or 40 hummingbirds at one time at a feeder. I don’t get it. In my whole life, I’ve never seen more than 10 at one time. Here, even though I have 8 feeders outside, no more than 5 have ever been here at once. Grr. It’s just not fair. I should just be happy that I have hummingbirds at all because there are places that don’t have them at all.

Normal flight for a hummingbird is 25-30 mph, but they can dive at speeds up to 60 mph! That’s just crazy! I love watching them do that. I’m always terrified they are going to smack into the ground. But somehow they manage to brake before flying up and doing it all over again.  Impressive little birds they are.

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Mar
16
2017

RU-5492658

bya Gabrielle at 8:17 AM

Hummingbird

This one took 15 days and traveled 4,799 miles from St. Petersburg, Russia. Hummingbirds are the best.

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Sep
12
2008

Little Itty Bitty Ferocious Speeding Bullets

bya Gabrielle at 7:00 AM

I have spent hours watching our fleet of hummingbirds feed and fight and all I have to show for it is two stupid videos.  I had to post them though, because they are just that adorable.  I wish I had a video of them dive bombing each other over and over. That is a pretty funny sight.

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My favorite part is when he sticks out his tongue.

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If they would just sit still long enough and let me get closer, I could probably get a half decent video, but no – they hate me.

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