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Old 08-05-2016, 02:34 PM
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Smile Hummingbird or large bug? ;)

Today I was standing by the window looking outside at the bushes in the back yard, holding and cuddling Robin, my Red Bellied parrot. Something outside caught our eye as it zipped by... I realized it was the TINIEST hummingbird I think I have ever seen. Much smaller than the species more commonly seen in this area.

As I stepped closer to the window with Robin, the hummingbird flew right to the window as well (we were so close) I was able to take a good look at him from the front view! From some quick googling, it was either a Rufous or Allen's Hummingbird. Apparently, unless you examine the feather shape and very small distinctions you can't tell the difference between the species at a glance. I saw this was a little male with a gorgeous metalic rusty red throat.

I was utterly amazed, and so fascinated by how absolutely tiny he was! Although obviously all hummingbirds are tiny, this one was so unusually small it was a real head turner. It reminded me of a very large flying insect.

THEN.... would you believe it... coincidentally, a very large flying insect did fly by right after the hummingbird left! I'm positive that one was an insect lol, I'm not sure what they're called, but maybe a large beetle of some sort. It was only just a tiny amount smaller than the bird! .

This was such a wonderful sight to experience, if only for a few moments! It really lifted my spirits, and I thought I'd share.

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I'd love to see a hummingbird.

I know you can get feeders for the garden for them. Have you ever considered it or would that be bad in the area?

I always get excited seeing any bird in the wild- my Dad still to this day always tells me if he sees a hawk in the sky.
I was probably most excited about seeing a kingfisher when I was with my Dad fishing once.

In short- I'm very jealous of your experience but glad you shared it with us.
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Old 08-05-2016, 03:06 PM
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Thanks Emma . Even though hummingbirds aren't rare around here, it's always exciting to see them. They're amazing.

It sounds like hummingbirds are in your area, but not too prevalent? I know they are migratory, and depending on the time of year here there are different species around. I should hang a feeder so we can it more often outside my bedroom window.

Oh, one thing you'd have loved to see... several years ago when I lived at a home with a tangerine tree, there was a little Anna's Hummingbird hen who built a nest there for a couple years. It was so interesting to see the super tiny nest and eggs. We had to pull a branch down in order to see it, and gently place the branch back without accidentally flinging it haha . When the babies got big in the nest and feathered, mom started sleeping on the branch nearby.
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what an sbsolute thrill Julie Thanks for sharing with us but it would have been better had you invited us all in for a chat just before thst happened so we could see it too LOL Ive never seen a humming bird in reality...so glad you got to see it and share it Hope you get to see the little hummingbird many times again
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i see hummingbirds outside of my window all the time in oregon, they are so colorful and pretty
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I'm glad you and Robin had front row seats for this special treat of a little nature show, it must have been wonderful!
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Thank you! I think I'll keep it in mind to hang a feeder since there aren't flowers back there. We are fortunate to see several species of hummingbird fairly regularly, I think pretty much year round . I guess they don't inhabit Europe at all ... I'll try to get a real pic someday to post, but they are so fast. Once you get the camera or phone out, they're gone!

From internet info, it looks like all hummingbirds live in the "Americas". I don't think we have any indigenous species in the US, but they are from South and Central America, and migrate up to the US and Carribean.
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What a wonderful experience!! There is a humming bird moth that loves the little bell flowers on blueberries. WE see them at night in the spring when blueberries bloom and they as big as hummers here in Ga. We see hummers
later in the summer here. Both are totally amazing, Thanks foe sharing.
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I love hummingbirds!

It's so interesting that you posted this thread today. I actually had a hummingbird drinking from the flowers out on my front patio this morning - my sister saw it first and told me to look.
However, the one we saw was normal size - not tiny like the one you got to see.

I always consider it a wonderful gift when I see a hummingbird.
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I love hummingbirds! I had no idea only the Americas are blessed with them
We have several feeders in front of our windows, and I have names for every hummingbird that visits
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