First Hummingbird!

I spotted my first Hummingbird today.  He came to the little feeder just outside my window.

No photos yet, but I will aim one of the "pips" of the the Z-Cam on the hummer feeder while I do some other things.

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  1. Charles says:

    Father Z:

    [I edited out this entirely off topic comment. I did so not because the comment wasn’t good, but because it wasn’t good here. Few things irritate as much as when people think they can simply post anything it pleases them to post no matter what the entry is about. I am more and more tempted simply to delete all their comments. Have a great day! o{]:¬) ]

  2. MK says:

    I live in Southern Ontario, just north of Toronto, and I’ve been watching hummingbirds for about a week now! We left our video camera on a few days ago and caught him dropping by about every 10 minutes. Hummingbirds in all their HD glory – haha all inspired by your pictures, Fr Z.

  3. Sylvia says:

    Not quite on the topic (of hummingbirds) but on Sunday I saw a woodpecker fly near my house and then alight on one of our many trees! What a blessing God’s creation is.

  4. RichR says:

    I don’t know how hummingbirds are up north, but here in Texas these little guys are mighty stingy. They’ll guard a feeder very ferociously.

  5. I saw my first hummingbird yesterday in front of the ancient quince apple bush at the head of our driveway !

  6. Lucy says:

    Here in the Great Central Valley of California, I am blessed to have hummingbirds all year long. They have already emptied the feeder once this spring, even though there are blossoms aplenty !! Some of them are ferocious as another reader wrote. They fight off others daring to feed at the same time as they.

  7. MargaretMN says:

    I saw one a few weeks ago, and given that Winter in the twin cities doesn’t officially end until about May 15, I was happy to see such optimism on his part but feared for his life.

  8. PS says:

    I haven’t seen a humming bird in years. My grandparents had a feeder and whenever I visited I would watch it for hours, keep an eye on it even if I was doing something else.

  9. Paul the Other says:

    I live in San Diego and hummingbirds are a frequent sight. I love it when they buzz the cats.

  10. Gloria says:

    Here in the Sierra foothills the Anna’s Hummingbirds stay all year, as well. Their feeder hangs just off my deck. When it snows I pull it into the deck area near the window. I have to go out and brush the snow off the feeder and keep the ports open with a toothpick. Nothing deters the little beauties; and they do skirmish over who gets to the feeder first. There are a lot of blossoms in my garden right now; but they still visit the feeder.

  11. georgeaquinas says:

    Here is something pretty neat you can do in an afternoon with hummingbirds. They are pretty fearless and if you stand near a feeder, they quickly get used to you. Just start slowy moving up to the feeder until you are right next to it. Next, put your finger up below the feeder. After a couple of angry buzzes, they will fly up and sit on your finger while they drink. You can barely feel them when they land.

  12. Ann says:

    perhaps hummingbirds are an example to us of how determined and fearless we should be in our defense of the faith?

    I’ve done the sit on the finger thing with hummingbirds too. And if you put colored feed in a wine glass and sit with it, they will come drink from your glass!

  13. chironomo says:

    We don’t get very many hummingbirds in our garden (not many in Florida…) but we get these REALLY COOL Hummingbird Moths that come around at dusk and make quite a show! They really puzzled us at first…. didn’t know what they were…

  14. Chris says:

    I am happy to read this news, Father! I live in SE MN and just put out our nectar feeders today. Hoping to see some “flying jewels” here very soon!

  15. Christina says:

    Hummingbirds: evolution gone all wrong! they have to consume all that nectar just to thrive, they use it all up just hovering around, they are overly conspicuously colored…natural selection at its worst. That’s why I love them!

  16. Lady Kathryn says:

    We live in Central Indiana and saw our first hummingbird today, too!

  17. PGJ says:

    Ruby throated?

  18. St_Rocco says:

    Father Z.

    Please log your #hummingbird sighting (your city, state & zip) at my Twitter site @hummingbirdtrac – Thanks!

  19. irishgirl says:

    I haven’t seen a hummingbird yet, though I have a crabapple tree in my backyard that still has a lot of blossoms on it.

    Paul the Other-hummingbirds buzzing your cats? Oh, that sounds funny-though not to the cats, of course! : D

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