Lil’ Blue has been frequenting our patio hummingbird feeder for two summers now. Last summer he would follow along with his friend Greenie. We haven’t seen Greenie much this year but Lil’ Blue comes around at least two or three times a day.
Lately, he stops, midair, and just looks at me sitting below.
Each day he gets closer and closer to where I sit and we have short conversations…he is always the listener in the convo though while he flutters. When he comes solely to drink he arrives with a friend, they dive to the feeder, Blue drinks first, darts to the big oak tree and his friend sips from the feeder then chases after Lil’ Blue.
I recently saw some information about the characteristics and behaviors of hummingbirds and our hummingbirds just don’t fit the mold as they do like to spend time together. It almost appears as if they are best buddies or maybe family.
Fun facts, behaviors, and characteristics of the hummingbird...
Hummingbirds are not found in Europe, Asia, Australia, or Antarctica.
Hummingbirds are called hummingbirds because of the sound they create by their rapidly beating wings. I just love that sound.
A flock of hummingbirds is called a charm, a glittering, or a bouquet. Well of course! They are very ‘charming’ even by themselves😊.
A female hummingbird will many times make more than one nest using the extra one as a decoy to keep herself and her eggs safe from predators. They are fierce protectors of their young ones. Just like most human mammas.
Hummingbirds cannot walk or hop. Ha!, maybe that is why we relate so well with each other😊
Hummingbirds have strong recall capabilities. They are very smart and are able to remember people and places from year to year. I feel like I have a real connection with these little ‘guys’.
They are able to see things into the ultraviolet range and are attracted to the color red. Yet another reason I love them❤️.
Many of them sport beautiful colors such as Greenie💚. She has the most beautiful green I have seen in a long time all along her back and chest. And, we gave Lil Blue his name because of his blue body.
I found the above picture on Pinterest and it comes the closest to what Greenie amd Lil Blue look like.
They are the only bird that can fly backwards. Another reason we get along so well. They like to do things differently. They are the smallest migrating bird and they are known to travel alone for up to 500 miles at a time. I, too, love traveling many miles at a time😄.
Hummingbirds can travel as fast as 30 mph and when in a dive, up to 60 mph.
Despite their smallness, they are a very aggressive bird and have been known to attack much larger birds like crows, jay, and even hawks. The other day while Lil’ Blue was visiting me, a wasp came up. At that point, Lil’ Blue went to the feeder, the wasp followed and Lil’ Blue attacked him. The wasp flew on quickly. You just don’t mess with Lil’ Blue or any of the hummingbirds. I also saw him and another bird fluttering about in the tree. That bird was much bigger but Lil’ Blue didn’t hesitate to ‘push’ him out of the way.
I’ve learned many a lesson by watching and interacting with these beautiful, smart, and courageous birds.
I’ve learned to have courage and to stand up for what I need and place boundaries in ‘my territory’ (my space, my time, my life so that others don’t trample). I’ve learned to be strong and stand up for what is right especially if someone is doing wrong to another. I’ve learned to slow down and interact with nature.
Another lesson learned: ‘do what you can and not be concerned about the things that you can’t’ do. These amazing birds use what they have and do quite well.
And, one of the biggest lessons learned from these tiny little creatures is to use all our senses, talents, gifts and attributes we are given to experience life to its fullest each and every day.
Have a wonderful rest of the week☀️💚☀️, take some time to look around and enjoy the beauty and lessons.
Category: Birds, HOPE, hummingbirds, colors of spring, lake lifeTags: acceptance, beauty of nature., Birds, contentment, country life, courage, flying, HOPE, lessons learned, Life on the patio, memories, relationships, senses
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