Friday, June 1, 2018

Waffles & the Hummingbird Neighbors

WAFFLES:  Hey Boss, where'd the neighbors go? I haven't seen them since like five minutes ago.


KATIE:  Waffles, it's not polite to watch the neighbors. Especially with binoculars.


WAFFLES:  But if they don't catch me looking at them, it's like I never looked. Right?

KATIE:  You mean like if you steal food from my dish but I don't catch you in the act, you never stole it?


WAFFLES:  There's food in your dish???



Hummers!
As soon as the snow melts in the mountains, and sometimes even before it's all gone, some of our favorite visitors arrive to spend the summer with us. Hummers!

Glogirly has always had a fascination with hummingbirds. Her mom did too. Maybe that's where she got it from. Years ago, Glogirly and Gloman stayed in a beautiful vacation home near Yosemite National Park. It was one of the main west coast stops for the hummingbirds as they made their trek south. In fact, the owners of the house worked with the DNR and researched the teensy birds and their behavior. There were 1000s of them!

We had no idea when we moved to the Rocky Mountains that we'd have our own flock of hummingbirds. Actually, did you that a group of hummingbirds isn't actually called a flock? That's because they don't fly as a flock. It's called a charm! We love that.

Glogirly has been cooking up their favorite nectar and keeping our feeders full.


Thier sweet high pitched trill is one of the prettiest sounds there is and Katie and Waffles LOVE sitting in the windowsill watching them. And now that it's open window season, they can hear them too!

Here's a quickie video of our very own hummer!
Watch below or if you're viewing this on a mobile device, click HERE to watch.
 

22 comments:

  1. I don't think I've ever seen those brilliant colors on a hummingbird before this. What a charmed life!

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  2. My Mom has a guy hummy that comes back each year. He's usually the first to arrive and he will go from window to window looking for my Mom. Once he sees that she's spotted him, he zooms to the feeder spot and "patiently" waits for her.

    She's also rescued a baby hummer once that was caught in our garage and couldn't find it's way out. She managed to catch him/her and took it to the feeder and held it up while it refreshed itself. We adore hummers at our house!

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  3. I love ours too. The rufous have just gotten here so the battles have begun!

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  4. I played the video for Mama Fluff and she tried to go behind my phone to find them. I guess she could hear but not really see them on the video. I’ll have to fill up our humbird feeders this weekend. We’ve also got finches, but the real catchable wildlife is lizards!! Little bitty ones but Murphy has had one already this spring.

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    1. Already, my cats have Lizards in the house. I took photos of Samson looking awesome- he was staring at a lizard! What a great focusing tool! Right now I have 2 lizards & a mouse loose in the living room. Then I wonder why I have toys that arent played with at all!

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  5. That video is awesome! We have hummingbirds around here too - in fact, we'd have a ton of them if we had a feeder up. My human doesn't put one up because, well, she is a little big neglectful and worries that she might make them sick if she doesn't change and clean it promptly. Glogirly is way more conscientious than my human.

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  6. You guys are so lucky,to live in such a beautiful place with Beautiful Neighbours,xx Speedy

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  7. WOW!!! We would love to have such pretty birds visiting us near our windows! And what a perfect close up of one--that's amazing!!!

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  8. How beautiful. We don't have hummingbirds in our country. We didn't know they were so beautiful either.

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  9. I love hummingbirds, but I love that photo of Waffles with his head to the side even more!

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  10. We’re feeding hummers too. What a cool video!

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  11. I enjoyed Waffles and Katie's purrversation, and I loved seeing your hummers too. I look forward each year in April for them to arrive and I am so sad to see them leave in October. I was very happy to see that you don't put red food coloring in your nectar. You know as have I known that it is un-necessary, and possibly cumulatively harmful to the tiny treasures we love to feed.
    Katie's mom

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  12. Our grandma has hummer feeders and they flit around her backyard.

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  13. OMC I LOVE your video!!! I was also smitten with your incredible scenery (as well as the hummingbird!) The photo of Waffles with his head tilted to the side is just precious! I never knew that a bunch of hummingbirds is called a "charm" and I love that too!

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  14. Oh very pretty! That's something about the hummers in the west that are particularly lovely.

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  15. We didn't know groups of hummingbirds were called charms, but we knew it was a charm of finches!

    ~Pigeon

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  16. We love hummingbirds too, but we only see about one per year by us.

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  17. We LOVE hummingbirds too! We've been seeing a lot of them lately...since the mom put the feeder out and keeps it full. One of them just sits on the feeder forever! We think he wants to be our friend.

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  18. That is so pawtastic! Hummingbirds are so cute and we love them.

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  19. We love our hummers too. Mum has been buzzed by them when she has been outside and near the feeders. Like "lady, get away from our snack bar!" Mum makes lots of sugar water too, no food dyes etc.

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  20. Even though it is still a bit cool where we live, the hummers have made their way back.
    They really are cute and fun to watch :)
    Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

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  21. We have Ruby Throated Hummingbirds here in PA...I plant lots of flowers that they love to get their nectar from...it's such fun to watch them!

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