I mean the good type of Hummers: Hummingbirds! (Some types of which are already visiting the garden even though the flowers they like are most not ready yet. One of my Budlea plants died – from the frosts I think – and another is ill. I expect to get three more of them from the market this week. The hummingbirds like them (butterflies love them), although they prefer the Mexican Sage plants which are right next to them – they bloom around the same time, and right through to late in the year. The birds just keep coming back to them.)

Commenter Arun pointed out this lovely photo when I mentioned the freak winds we had here on Tuesday. Those winds took down trees, or parts of them, and concerns were expressed about the welfare of these young hummingbirds. Photo by Steve Agrella of Steve Agrella Photography. You can see the whole series here.


(Thanks Arun, and Steve (for permission).)

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8 Responses to Hummers

  1. Navneeth says:

    I mean the good type of Hummers: Hummingbirds!

    And here, I was thinking that you were fully ready for a gas-guzzler!

    Wonderful photo and great pics at the site, too, from what I can see in the homepage. Thanks for the link.

  2. Elliot says:

    and I was thinking this post would be about harmonicas…


  3. Supernova says:

    Ah — I was lucky enough to watch this process once, when there was a hummingbird nest outside my window in Berkeley. Amazing and wonderful!

  4. Mary Cole says:

    Wow! Hummingbirds in your garden. How exotic! Sometimes we get reports that people have seen hummingirds in England, but these examples are when people have been fooled by seeing hummingbird hawk-moths which are now being spotted in the south. In itself this is quite remarkable as I believe until recently they were only seen in warmer countries in Europe. I had a large budlea at my previous house where I lived for ten years. I often heard how popular budleas were with butterflies but we didn’t find this until last summer when we saw loads more butterflies. I hope this is an indication that the butterfly population is increasing, and not just an anomoly.

  5. Carl Brannen says:

    I’ve seen many of them at my father’s cabin in the Sandia mountains of New Mexico, elevation maybe 7800 feet. He has feeders for all sorts of birds. Interesting about the Hummingbird hawk moth. And I’ve never seen a hummingbird nest, thanks for the photo.

  6. This is one seriously difficult image to parse. OK, so we only get Ruby Throated’s here. Maybe it’s a matter of practice.

  7. What an absolutely awesome photo. I have plenty of hummers around here but have yet to find a nest. Hopefully someday I will. Thanks for sharing that.

  8. Clifford says:

    Hi Jenice,

    Good luck finding a nest… What types of hummingbird do you have?