Sunday, June 2, 2013

a bird in the hand...

A little over a week ago I posted a photo of an adorable little humming bird...

For several days in a row, he faithfully perched just outside our kitchen window...amusing us.

What we didn't know was that he was protecting his territory which just happened to include our hummingbird feeder...

please, oh please, ignore my messy windowsill...
According to this article, the territory of a male hummingbird is about 1/4th of an acre in size, and they defend them aggressively. Have you ever seen hummingbirds swarming your feeder? The way they go at each other is reminiscent of a WWII dogfight as they dive-bomb each other to try to maintain territorial superiority over the feeder. Who knew hummingbirds were such interesting birds?

So the kids and I were sitting in the family room listening to a history lecture one afternoon about a week ago when all the sudden we heard a pretty hard "thump!" on one of the windows right behind where Daniel was sitting. Curiosity required that we take a look and there, laying on the patio just below the window was our friend the hummingbird...flat on his back. Out cold.

Of course the kids immediately ran outside to check it out; AnnaLynn cautiously picked him up, and we weren't sure if he was dead or alive. Should we put him up someplace high? In a planter so that when he comes to he could fly away? AnnaLynn did carefully set him into a planter filled with yellow pansies just outside the kitchen window, but the cats started circling, so Daniel picked him up. Within just a minute or so, our little friend began coming out of it's stupor...

The cats, still circling, thought they had a tasty meal coming, but before we knew it...he flew off!

Perching on a branch at the edge of our lawn, he puffed himself up as if to say, "I'm back, and this is still my territory."

Almost immediately, it seemed that every hummingbird living on our 2.5 acres swarmed our feeder--it was crazy, almost scary--I really wish I'd been able to capture video of it to share with you! And although our friend the hummingbird survived his collision with our family room window, he wound up losing the territorial battle over our feeder.

So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.  ~Genesis 1:21

Many thanks to my son Jeff for taking the bulk of these photos and sharing them with us. :)

Blessings and peace to you this Lord's Day,


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  1. Anonymous6/02/2013

    What a wonderful hands-on learning experience! We have watched hummingbirds on our farm - they can certainly be feisty with one another. Great pics!

    1. Thanks! We've always had a feeder but never in the kitchen windowsill...amazing how much time we spend looking out that particular window since there's always dishes to do, I guess. We just never noticed so much activity at our other feeder out front! :)

  2. That is amazing! What great pics w/ Daniel holding that little critter! So fun!

    1. I know! Keri, it was so, so amazing to see my kids holding that little hummingbird! We were astonished that it survived and flew off right out of his hands. :)

  3. Lisa, that is amazing!!!! What a joy to be able to watch this circus! An so special for your children to witness it! I have a favor to ask of you...are you on FB? Could you friend me at Jacque Line, if so so we can message? Thanks!

    1. A joy indeed! God's creation is a marvel when we take the time to see what is right before our eyes. :) Wish so much I had a Facebook account, but I have decided it just isn't something I have time for currently. Feel free to drop me a line at if you'd like. Thanks for the invite, and thanks for dropping by! :)

  4. They are so magnificent!!! We hang three feeders every summer, and by the end of the season, there are more little hummers than we can count! I would love, love to hold one. I have seen hand feeders on I wonder if they work?! Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos! :)


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