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Old July 18th, 2011, 11:05 PM
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Preening hummingbird

Here ya go, Winston--a preening hummingbird...though how it does that without cutting off the circulation to its head is beyond me

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Old July 19th, 2011, 06:17 AM
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Wow Hazel that is awesome! I dont think I ever thought I would be able to see that!
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Old July 19th, 2011, 08:42 AM
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The chest is the hardest for them--they have no trouble with the tail!
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Old July 19th, 2011, 09:33 PM
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Cool pictures. I don't think I'll ever see a hummingbird preen in my lifetime.
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Old July 19th, 2011, 09:37 PM
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Sure you will--check in the bushes. madame hazel was sneakin' around in their boudoirs!
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Old July 19th, 2011, 09:50 PM
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I have to find me one first Hazel. Haven't seen Todd or any others here in quite a while.

I also think the Orioles have moved further north for cooler air. It's been pretty bird quiet around here lately.
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Old July 19th, 2011, 09:55 PM
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They're all nesting so they won't be coming to the feeders often for a few weeks yet. Around here, they've just settled down onto their second clutches, so it'll be another 4 weeks before the adults are putting in much of an appearance. The first broods are out, on the other hand, and they'll be trickling in to the easy food sources, so keep your eyes peeled.
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Old July 20th, 2011, 05:18 PM
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very nice photos- you know I love the hummers!

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Old July 20th, 2011, 06:19 PM
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Thx, Diane! We were outside watching them just now--I don't know if it just got so hot that the nectaries in the flowers shut down or what, but the hummers are swarming the feeders today!
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Old July 20th, 2011, 08:39 PM
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wow, that is a wonderful picture!! I didn't think they could do that!!
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Old July 20th, 2011, 08:40 PM
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They very nearly can't ! I think they could use a few more vertebrae in their necks!
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maybe god left out the extra vertebrae so they wouldnt stab themselves like with a toothpick? just a thought
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Old September 18th, 2011, 09:04 PM
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I'm always afraid they're gonna pinch a nerve! They preen much better than I ever could, though...
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Old September 18th, 2011, 10:15 PM
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Yeah...my preening consists of a bath, a quick fluff of the towel, some scrunching of the curly hair, and clean clothes. (on a good day).
If I'm wearing make-up...ask me where I'm going. Because its not my "thing".
And if I've got anything besides a barette in the middle holding my curly bangs outta my eyes, or a headband getting all of it outta my way...REALLY ask me where I'm going.
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Old September 19th, 2011, 07:36 PM
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That looks painful. LOL. I imagine our New Holland Honeyeaters have that same problem preening. Great photo's.
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