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Hummingbirds have superb memories of last meals
Yahoo News ^ | Tue Mar 7, 5:24 PM ET | AFP

Posted on 03/08/2006 6:42:13 AM PST by GreenFreeper

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To: Eric in the Ozarks

It is funny that the smallest bird can be very mean.
I have seen them chase cats away from a tree where they are nesting.


21 posted on 03/08/2006 7:15:19 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (“Don't approach a Bull from the front, a Horse from the rear, or a Fool from any side.”)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

They are aggressive little peckers, for sure.


22 posted on 03/08/2006 7:20:11 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Horatio Gates

Wow, you must have a terrific zoom lens or a very calm hummingbird. Beautiful!

Note to self: when this storm passes, put the feeders out.


23 posted on 03/08/2006 7:23:06 AM PST by Not A Snowbird (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: SandyInSeattle

Has it stopped raining in Seattle ?


24 posted on 03/08/2006 7:28:44 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: SandyInSeattle
I was camped out on the porch sitting very still waiting for them to show up about 10 feet away from the feeder. I took down the other feeders to keep them focused on the one. Nothing special about the camera once in a while I get lucky shots 8>) Here he is coming in for a landing.


25 posted on 03/08/2006 7:32:24 AM PST by Horatio Gates
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Has it stopped raining in Seattle ?

Nope! Yesterday wasn't too bad, but a storm's moving in today. Redundant, I know.

Lots of wonderful snow for the ski resorts!

26 posted on 03/08/2006 7:35:56 AM PST by Not A Snowbird (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: SandyInSeattle

My son lives in West Seattle. Last time we visited, I saw grass growing on the tree moss.


27 posted on 03/08/2006 7:37:34 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: SandyInSeattle
This fella was being stand-off-ish...


28 posted on 03/08/2006 7:37:48 AM PST by Horatio Gates
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To: Sax

:) Or if ours sees a deer...she goes out there every single day and looks towards the same spot. :) We had a couple coyotes the other day and now she goes into the yard and looks that same direction and barks. :)

The Hummingbirds are unique creatures and so very beautiful. We look forward to their arrival every year and we are saddened when they depart in the fall. :)


29 posted on 03/08/2006 7:38:55 AM PST by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done more for this country than any of us will ever know. Go Rush!)
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To: GreenFreeper
We raised a baby some years back--perfect hummingbird, but even smaller found among the impatiens flowers. We had to take it in because the other hummers were so mean to the little guy--but anyone who knows hummers knows how aggressive they are.

The big impression that the baby left on me was that he was so clumsy--the birds we see are so athletic and astonishing in their clever maneuvers that it's hard to imagine them falling onto flowers, then onto the ground, and being all-around clutzy.

So we fed him on impatiens blossoms until he wasn't clumsy anymore and he flew away after a couple of days.

He was about the size of a cashew nut, and would fall into a swoon if you closed your hand about him. Scared me, because I thought he was dead, but woke up as soon light and air hit him.

30 posted on 03/08/2006 7:39:59 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: eastforker
Sorry no they migrate at different times just an old wives tale
31 posted on 03/08/2006 7:57:47 AM PST by mouser (run the rats out its the only hope we have)
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To: Horatio Gates

What a beauty!

My mother used to live on property that bordered the Bear River just north of Sacramento, and there were swarms of Black-Chinned Hummers with their brilliant purple throats. My stepdad would fill three of the big feeders four times a day for the little guys. I used to sit on the stairs leading up to the roof and watch them, and sometimes I'd find myself in the middle of the swarm.

Oh, to have had a camera!


32 posted on 03/08/2006 7:57:48 AM PST by Not A Snowbird (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: mouser

Not entirely true, they don't all do it but some have been photographed
hitching a ride..


33 posted on 03/08/2006 8:01:27 AM PST by eastforker (Under Cover FReeper going dark(too much 24))
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To: eastforker

Oh, I would love to see a picture of that, do you have one? The geese don't migrate here, stay all winter. Fascinating.


34 posted on 03/08/2006 8:17:55 AM PST by ican'tbelieveit (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

I saw a pic from a telephoto lens taken from a small airplane maybe 30 years ago. It was in an outdoor magazine.


35 posted on 03/08/2006 8:21:55 AM PST by eastforker (Under Cover FReeper going dark(too much 24))
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

Ever been in the midst of a fight among them? I was in my garden once when a couple must have been battling over something....I just stood there as they whipped around me. (I don't think I was wearing flowers...LOL)


36 posted on 03/08/2006 8:26:47 AM PST by goodnesswins ( "the left can only take power through deception." (and it seems Hillary & Company are the masters)
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To: SandyInSeattle

You may not have had a camera, but you still have the picture.


37 posted on 03/08/2006 8:28:46 AM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: GreenFreeper

How did they ask the bird?

Could it be the bird just had a routine.


38 posted on 03/08/2006 8:28:57 AM PST by The Red Zone
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To: Horatio Gates

Little guy is saying grace?


39 posted on 03/08/2006 8:29:56 AM PST by The Red Zone
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To: GreenFreeper
The study found the bird, with a brain no bigger than a grain of rice and which feeds on hundreds of flowers each day, could pinpoint the location of flowers it had visited and when the bit of nectar in each would be replenished.

A clue to why Democrats don't go extinct.

40 posted on 03/08/2006 8:31:42 AM PST by VadeRetro (I have the updated "Your brain on creationism" on my homepage.)
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