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The last of the 2009 Hazel Run hummers...

hazelrunpack
September 15th, 2009, 05:59 PM
My little buddies are about gone for the year.
The large feeders are packed away already and only one small feeder
hangs out in the hummingbird garden for the stragglers.

Here are some of the last of the little sweethearts to pass through.

Enjoy!

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When another bird gets too close, there is a lot of displaying.
Any time you see a tail spread like this, there's another bird getting too close. :D

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hazelrunpack
September 15th, 2009, 06:02 PM
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This little guy has one red feather sprouting! He was so proud of it! :D

hazelrunpack
September 15th, 2009, 06:09 PM
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hazelrunpack
September 15th, 2009, 06:11 PM
They shine so beautifully in the sun :cloud9:

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hazelrunpack
September 15th, 2009, 06:16 PM
And they really liven up the well garden :lovestruck:

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Good bye, my little friends! I'll miss you! :cry:

Have a good winter and hurry back next spring! :thumbs up

growler~GateKeeper
September 16th, 2009, 03:02 AM
Awesome pics :thumbs up Love how close you get.

Love the tail spread on the first one I've never seen that w/Hummers :D

breeze
September 16th, 2009, 08:39 AM
beautiful pictures hazel. WOW you even captured their fluttery wings in mid flutter...

Enjoy your flight hummers :lovestruck: see you next year.

dmc123
September 16th, 2009, 12:07 PM
Hazel, I just love your photos of those beautiful hummers!

Thanks for sharing -

Diane

hazelrunpack
September 16th, 2009, 02:25 PM
Sigh....just one little guy out there this morning. :sad: I miss them already! :yell:

breeze
September 16th, 2009, 02:31 PM
Sigh....just one little guy out there this morning. :sad: I miss them already! :yell:

I know you miss them hazel.. I heard a flock of ducks this morning in the sky flying away for the winter :sad::sad:

Chris21711
September 17th, 2009, 11:44 AM
Great pics as usual Hazel, that new camera of yours takes dandy photos :thumbs up

So sad to see them go, I haven't seen one since Saturday, hopefully I will get the chance to see a couple more before they leave :cloud9:

luckypenny
September 17th, 2009, 08:03 PM
I never would have thought that they each have such individual markings/colors. Just gorgeous :lovestruck:.

Don't you worry Hazel, they'll all be back with even more friends and family next Summer :cloud9:. Everyone else, now would be a good time to start investing in sugar stocks :D.

hazelrunpack
September 17th, 2009, 09:50 PM
:laughing: Even now, I have three bags of sugar in the cupboard! Our sugar bills were rivaling our vet bills for a while...so yes, I'd say sugar stocks would be a good investment! :D

The adults are hard to tell apart, LP--the fems all look the same, give or take the length of the neck and the condition of the feathers; and the males all look the same, too, give or take the same things. Adolescent fems all look the same. But adolescent males have different necklace bead patterns so they can sometimes be told apart.

I can usually tell when migration begins because the adult birds I see are very nervous when I approach. Since the local adults grow very tolerant of me, the nervous birds must be strangers, meaning that the locals have moved on and new adults are passing through. Otherwise, everyone looks so much like everyone else, I'd never be able to tell. :o

Chris, I'm ecstatic that you were able to download the pics! :highfive: Some of them are a little bigger in size than I usually post. :o

Dee-O-Gee
September 17th, 2009, 10:33 PM
Your purple phlox are georgous!

I'm gonna miss them, your beautiful summer stories and pictures too! :sad:

Hurry back next year Hazel's hummers! :cloud9:

TeriM
September 17th, 2009, 10:43 PM
Gorgeous pictures of the hummers :cloud9:. Mine have gone away as well, we don't seem to get the migratory ones like you and the others disappear around the end of july :shrug:.

hazelrunpack
September 17th, 2009, 10:44 PM
No fear, klm...winter has it's own stories! :thumbs up

You can't escape them! :laughing: :o

hazelrunpack
September 17th, 2009, 10:45 PM
Gorgeous pictures of the hummers :cloud9:. Mine have gone away as well, we don't seem to get the migratory ones like you and the others disappear around the end of july :shrug:.
I wonder if you're at the northern end of their range then? I don't know much about western hummers :o

TeriM
September 17th, 2009, 10:51 PM
I don't know :shrug:. My friend in Victoria has hummers that she feeds all through the winter. Victoria is just across the water from us on Vancouver Island but it is just a wee bit warmer then we are here.

hazelrunpack
September 17th, 2009, 11:00 PM
Holy catz!! :eek: All winter? omg, I'd die of exhaustion! :laughing: Although it's sad to see them go, it's nice not to have a fridge full of nectar bottles! :o

TeriM
September 17th, 2009, 11:02 PM
:laughing: I think the traffic is much lighter in the winter :D.

hazelrunpack
September 17th, 2009, 11:17 PM
It would be kind of cool to have one or two flitting around in the basement. I could hang feeders and we always overwinter the impatiens down there. :D They bloom all winter long...just perfect for a hummer or two! :thumbs up

TeriM
September 17th, 2009, 11:20 PM
Maybe you could talk nicely to a few and invite them to stick around :D.