Close Encounter of the Hummy kind! :)

Well… this isn’t really an Owly post, but it kinda’ is in a way. :) Since last November, we’ve had a little visitor in our yard. She’s tiny and quick and makes the prettiest sounds… she’s a little hummingbird! We named her “Twitter” because of the sweet little sounds she makes. It really is a rarity to have a hummingbird that sticks around in the winter, so we’ve felt incredibly honored that she stayed with us. Almost every day, she would sit outside my window and preen and guard her little hummingbird feeder. Since all of the plants are sleeping for the winter, she was dependent on our supply of nectar (a mixture of sugar and water). Some nights it was a real struggle to keep her nectar from freezing, but her thankful chirps in the morning always made it worth it!

But now spring is here and she’ll be leaving soon, and because hummingbirds in Georgia (in the winter) are rare, local Hummingbird expert Rusty Trump from the Georgia Hummingbird Study Group came out to take a look at her. It’s important that they track hummingbirds like this so he placed a tiny little identification band on her ankle (don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt at all, it’s more like a bracelet, and it’s ultra-light and she doesn’t even notice it). Information about our little Twitter can now be used to better understand how hummingbirds live and where they go throughout the year. Turns out she’s an approximately 6 month old Rufous hummingbird, probably from here from British Columbia, Canada!

After he measured, weighed her, and inspected her, he let us look at her and then placed her in my hand so she could have a little runway to take off from! I also got to take lots of pictures! She was molting (getting in her new feathers) so that’s why she looks so fuzzy. Rusty said she was very healthy and we’d taken good care of her. ^,^

Matthew said:

That’s really cool, Andy! Now that our sunroom is finished, we’re looking to spruce up our yard and hopefully make it more bird friendly. We’ve also added an ornament on our sunroom glass door to prevent any additional…ummm…tragedies. We lost a robin last week. :(

Posted on March 26, 2007 @ 2:02 am

Kevin said:

Excellent story. Lovely little thing, Twitter. I haven’t had any hummingbird friends since my old apartment, where I could grow Cardinal Climbers on my balcony. My new house should have some space for those and some Moonflowers, though, so with any luck, we’ll have a veritable aviary going soon!

Posted on March 26, 2007 @ 7:09 am

lucy said:

your lucky I’ve never seen a humming bird before. but we have a feeder that we haven’t ever set up.

Posted on April 12, 2008 @ 9:56 am

Anna said:

I never seen one in real life you are lucky.I hear of a ruby humming bird that the belly is red and the back of the feather is green.I like to plant I planted a sunflower but only brown little bird came.

Posted on April 15, 2008 @ 8:42 pm

Pat Cochran said:

Help! I just dropped in at one of our local firehouses and was made aware that they have a problem with Hummingbirds getting into their buildings. I guess they’re attracted to the red that’s so predominant around the structure. They get stuck and just fly around up in the rafters. What can they do to get them down and then out safely? Should they place something red on the floor and capture them and then release them? The person I spoke to said this is a common problem and many of the firehouses.

Posted on September 13, 2011 @ 3:42 am

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