Sep 202017
 

Hey guys! Do you see what I see? There’s a hummingbird on the feeder. Yep, it’s that time of year again…time we bid adieu to our favorite feathered friends. They’re heading south to places like Mexico and Central America to spend the winter. Wow! That sure is a long ways away!

I'm watching a hummingbird

I think this guy came from up north some place and made a pit stop on our feeder. I bet he’s glad to be able to refuel. He sat for the longest time drinking…filling his tank so he can continue his journey south.

Hummingbird sitting on feeder

Do you know a lot about hummingbirds? I didn’t. So I consulted Mr. Google and found these fun facts.

  • Hummingbirds can fly as fast as 30 mph.
  • They got their name from the humming noise their wings make, flapping on average about 80 times per minute.
  • They’re the only birds that can fly backwards and upside down.
  • Hummingbirds have no sense of smell but they have very good eyesight and hearing.
  • Hummingbirds have tongues which are flat and split at the tip, like a fork.
  • A hummingbird weighs less than a nickel.
  • Their feet are really weak and are only used for perching and scratching.
  • On an average day, a hummingbird will consume twice its body weight.
  • Despite their size, hummingbirds are one of the most aggressive birds.
  • Hummingbirds migrate alone and not in flocks. The male usually migrates first, followed by the female.

Hummingbird sitting on feeder

Wow, you’re one interesting bird, little hummer! Drink up, buddy…and have a safe flight. We’ll miss seeing you around…so make sure you come back next year.

(Sorry about the poor quality photos…these were taken through the window so we didn’t scare the hummer away.)

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  57 Responses to “What’s That Wally Doing?”

  1. Here, in Bangkok, we got Hummingbirds too! very tiny little things =^x^=
    and as you said Wally, they are really fast ! my mom was unable to capture them. By the time she turns on the camera, they already gone..tee..heh
    so kudos to your mom !
    Have a great week

  2. Walls, what a great catch! Love seeing your ginger furry noggin watching out the window at the hummer. Nice job, Mom!

  3. Those are great pictures of the hummingbird. Mom doesn’t put out feeders for them here since there are so many of us cats. They are fun to watch. You all have a super day.

  4. Wally, your orange head looking out at the hummingbird is so cute! Those are some interesting facts that you shared. I didn’t know they’re aggressive or migrate in flocks. It’s funny to think of them flying upside down, but now that I think of it, I think I’ve seen some pictures of that.

    Hope you all have a good day!

  5. That is so cool Wally, we don’t see many of those at our place!

  6. That’s a great shot of the hummingbird! My mom has had two fly right into her house this year. Yikes!

  7. they can be mean little buggers even if they are cute – our grandma has lots in their backyard and they will go after each other

  8. Wally, maybe that little bird will stop at our feeders on her way south! Our mom just read up on when we should take in our feeders and because of where we live, we’re going to leave ours up through October and maybe a few weeks after to provide for stragglers. We already knew about their aggressiveness–two feeders and they STILL bully one another!

    • We’ll send this one your way! We’ve heard that you should leave the feeders out for at least 2 weeks after you see your last hummer. There’s always a straggler.

  9. We think these photos are humdingers. MOL! Our humans continue to try to get hummers but we might see one or two all summer. Pffft! Thanks for all the facts. Super interesting. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

  10. Hummers are absolutely adorable little birds……this year Mom had a couple of close encounters with them when she was on the front porch in her rocker…….a little hummer flew up on the porch (we have planters around with flowers in them there) and came up to Mom – about two feet away and just flew in place for at least a minute like it was checking Mom out or maybe delivering a message (!)……….it was adorable and Mom got to see it WAY WAY up close. The humming sound was loud since it was so close. Anyway, Mom hopes the hummer was just saying “see you next year lady!!”…………….

    Love, Teddy

  11. I love that picture! Every time we go up North, there are Hummingbirds everywhere. Lake Gogebic is literally a wonderfland for them. Feeders are filled with them! We get them here, but not like the UP! Great photo, Wally. xo

  12. Godspeed little hummingbird! That is quite the trip ahead of you! Glad you could fill up at Wally’s!

  13. I think those are great pictures! It is amazing how far those little guys migrate.

  14. Your so lucky to actually see Hummingbirds for real here in Scotland we get Robins,Crows,Starlings and lots of Seagulls people call them rats with wings Great pictures.x

  15. I enjoyed reading fun facts about hummingbirds! I did not know they were aggressive! They look too cute to be so 🙂 Great photos. I haven’t had luck to capture hummingbird with my camera yet!

  16. Wow, you have a really nice backyard. Good luck to the little birdie.

  17. Those are great photos! Isn’t that exciting? Since our tree fell we’ve only been getting migrants, but we’re looking forward to a month or so of lots of visits.

  18. Plenty of hummingbird varieties here in Washington state as well. Your photos look OK. Amazing how they fly so far–like the Monarch butterflies.

  19. one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite bands, wilco, is ‘hummingbird.’ it would make good background music for your post.

  20. Adorable! We did know some of that stuff (but not all) and are lucky to live where we have Rufous hummingbirds all year around. Not much meat on those wings, our Mom always says when we try to invite them indoors.

  21. That is pretty cool you get to see them up close.

  22. Wally tell the littler hummers our coordinates as they head south. Mom keeps our food fresh and ready for all heading south. We are still seeing them too but can’t get the good photos you have since our feeder is a bit away from the dining room window.
    Hugs madi your bfff

  23. dood…..they chillax round heer much ta R ….ewe noe what ……

    R big tree in de bak… izza perch spot…. then they fly ta de feeders de naybor haz, we swear de live long day ~~~~~~~~~

    when de food servizz gurlz out puttin water in de bathe they iz all wayz buzzin round her head…better her N uz ya noe !!

  24. So glad you were on their migration path.

  25. That’s a cute Hummingbird for sure! Great shots! He is heading to Mexico? Is he a “bad hombre?” (KIDDING!!!) God I kill me! hehehe

  26. How fun to learn some new facts about these little guys!

  27. Wow that is so cool! I didn’t know all those facts about hummingbirds!! And I’ve never seen one perched before! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  28. So cool to see one sitting still.

  29. Whoa! That is super cool! We love watching the bird feeders, too, and hope we can see a hummingbird soon, too. -Aine, Emmett, and Seamus

  30. We have some of those birdies here and they sure are fun to watch! Thanks for telling us more about them too, Wally!

  31. I liked seeing the cat watching the hummingbird get something to drink. Those Hummingbird facts were nice too. I liked reading them. I learned some things about Hummingbirds. Guess it’s a good thing Wally was inside.

  32. Keep your feeder up at least two weeks after you see your last one, for those late commuters who you don’t see.

    Mum put out a fresh feeder of sugar water this AM for our hummers.

  33. It’s a win-win situation! The cats have great birdy tv and the birds refuel for their long trip.
    Do the cats make that cute chattering noise? We only hear it when they see birds.
    We enjoyed learning about the hummers, thanks.
    xxoo
    Maggie, Mickey Mouser, and Rufus the Red

  34. Hey Wally…we have feeders just like that one. SO easy to keep clean for our flying jewels.

  35. Such amazing little guys! You know, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a hummingbird in person!

  36. Those were good photos! We love to watch the hummers, but didn’t know some of those facts about them. Thanks for sharing, they were very interesting!

  37. Those are great pictures !

  38. I got my last hummingbird a few days ago! Looks very much like your guy – maybe it’s the same one! I have the exact same feeder too!

  39. Whoa! TW had a BF who nicknamed her hummingbird. Guess that wasn’t a compliment after all. Heh.

  40. we think your hummer pics are great, Wally! it isn’t easy to catch them sitting still 🙂 we’ve had a lot of hummer action at our feeders this summer and a lot of hummer feeder wars 😀 we’ll have Anna’s Hummingbirds year round here and the males are surprisingly loud!

    pip, smidgen, minnie, hollie, sharpie, ditto, TL

  41. I love hummingbirds. I have one that I think is a scout. It buzzes my face every year and I fill up my feeder. In a few days, I have a bunch of hummers!

  42. Awsome, Wally!

    We still have hummers here, but not as many…maybe indeed they are migrators…guess we should leave our nectar out in the four feeders we have(So they don’t waste all their energy fighting!)
    Maybe they will stay about now that we are having summertime(!) for a while longer.

    We keep ant moats above our feeders,and the funniest thing evfur happened today. Often the woodpeckers and chickadees among others will drink form the nectar ports too, but this one chickadee was drinking from the moat and then he decided to take a bath in that really small (about 2inches diameter) not-birdbath, MOL, MOL! Now if I had been outside…Hmmm
    And the other day a hummer tried to hover around petcretary’s shirt which was black with orange and red flowers allover it, OMC!

  43. Can’t you send him over here, Wally, we still have an empty bird garden 😀 That was very interesting to know about the birdie, can’t hardly believe that they are so agressive… Pawkisses for a Happy Day 🙂 <3

  44. Those are neat facts! Auntie agrees about them being aggressive. The ones that visit our house will buzz her when she is outside if their feeder is empty!

  45. How cool! You know, we have a fire escape, and we bet our mom could put a feeder out there. We’re going to have to meow to her about this.

  46. Wally, wow you get dummies, too?! Ours are about ready to fly south for the winter, but one sticks around all year long in the big evergreen trees behind my house. Mom says we get the “Ruby Throated” (I call them Ruby Tuesday) & the “Allens” hummies. The kitty before me took down 3 in 1 summer. I can only stalk from the window, ’cause Mom won’t let me out. I’m always dreaming about how tasty they must be…

  47. A phote through a window is better than no photo at all isn’t it? We saw a hummingbird when we visited the USA and love them to bits. They are small and totally miraculous to us!

  48. Mee has seen a few Humminbirdss here an they are amazin birdss!! Fankss fur thee innterestin factss Wally!! They are so tiny yet so reesili-ent!!!
    Iss purrty *hot* here an mee finkss thee heet will bisit you inn a few dayss…. 😉
    **nose bumpsss** Siddhartha Henry =^,.^=

  49. how nice of you to give them a pit stop, and have the awesome hummer channel for your kitties

  50. Nice hummingbird photos! we bet they’re super grateful that you guys give them a rest stop. 🙂

  51. That’s a great photo of the little hummer. We have them hear year-round. You found lots of interesting facts about them.

  52. What a pretty little friend you’ve made there, Wally! Hummingbirds are so fascinating.

  53. Those hummer photos are great!!! My brother in law trained a hummer in Sonoma California to come and eat right off of his hand. First he landed (she?) on a book and then on a finger. So cute.

  54. We sure miss seein’ da hummers. But we luv mommy and with her allergies…Ya’ll stay safe. Big hugs

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

  55. Great pictures ! We don’t have hummingbirds here, and it was very interesting to learn more about them. Purrs

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