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  •  Ever been strafed by one? (7+ / 0-)

    I have, when I let my feeders get empty.  It sounds like a bumblebee, but lower.  And bumbles let you alone after you wave them off.

    Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.--Sam Rayburn

    by Ice Blue on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 09:00:10 AM PST

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    •  Yeah, they are hilarious! (6+ / 0-)

      I used to automatically want to bat anything that buzzed like that near my head...I learned to ID that hum though so it does not shock me so much anymore when I hear it! LOL

      At least I am not allergic to hummers, something I unfortunately cannot say about their stinging counterparts!

      "one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress" -- John Adams

      by blue armadillo on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 10:20:12 AM PST

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    •  We had a hummer that thought (4+ / 0-)

      our Coleman camp lantern was a feeder. We were way up in the High Uintas, about 9k ft and here's this pissed off hummingbird trying to get the red off the lantern that we'd hung on a tree for daytime storage.

      He'd buzz it and then come and buzz us, each one of us, then back to the lantern. It was clear what he wanted and that he thought we were keeping the good stuff from him. LOL he was funny.

      "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

      by high uintas on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 02:27:53 PM PST

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      •  I've had them fly up to me when wearing a red hat (4+ / 0-)

        and hover (and buzz) right in front of my face a time or two. Pretty cool , once you get over the initial startling effect it has on you when out of the blue it's suddenly right there in your face, buzzing like some kind of giant bee.

        Just give me some truth. John Lennon--- OWS------Too Big To Fail

        by burnt out on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 02:41:26 PM PST

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        •  friend who lives in Mexico said he has four kinds (2+ / 0-)
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          that mob his feeders and stand on each other, and next to each other and don't fight...of course said friend is pleasantly crazy, with good reason, but I kind of believe him. He said there were 12 on one feeder patiently feeding.

          He has four feeders at his house here in SB, and they are mobbed by scrappy hummers...he also sees them eat bugs on the flowers he used to think they were nectaring from, and claims they eat tons of..well, lots of bugs, and I have seen them pick spiders and fly catch.

          This machine kills Fascists.

          by KenBee on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 01:30:33 AM PST

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