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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Bumming Herds

Wow, just wow!

Here is another video just taken this morning.  The hummers are extremely active this morning.  I don't know if having rain since 02:00 has anything to do with it, but the entire backyard looks like the scene from Independence Day with all of the F-18 Super Hornet fighters and the alien fighters just zipping around through the air.

videoThere are just too many to count.  Twyla and I stand there in awe, looking at all of these birds flitting all over the place.  Half a dozen or more sitting on the wire that stretches from the house to the tree.  The distance is about 40 feet to the tree. The slope is about 15 degrees.

Because they all move so fast, we estimate something like 40 birds. At some moments, all 8 ports on each feeder will be full with another 6 to 8 sitting on the wire above, and then in our peripheral vision we can see several pairs chasing each other, with several more pairs sitting in the trees higher and farther out.

I had to edit this clip down from a full minute to just a few seconds because blogger wouldn't upload the full video.  Maybe later I will try to create a separate page that has the full video as well as other still shots.  This next still pic is great because the exposure was such that the faces and such are crystal clear, while the wings are moving so fast that they are virtually invisible.

We really love our little hummers!

1 comment:

  1. We have the sweetest, cutest lil' birds!
    Hope y'all enjoy them as much as we do...

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