Saturday, September 4

Eating out of the palm of his hand

Neighbor Bill alerted me to this. He figures he’s feeding around 560 hummers every day at his place, and has counted up to 50 at a time at the feeders. We stopped feeding up here because the birds would land in our quince bushes, low to the ground, and Raven the cat would grab them for snacks.

Oftentimes when I’m watering plants from a hose nozzle, the little birds approach and hover near the spray, darting through it to get either a bath or maybe a cool-down. Watch the YouTube video which shows a man feeding a hummingbird from his hand. He dyed the food red to attract them, since that’s their favorite food color. I have seen them approach red jar lids, red rubber bands, and occasionally even some red Chinese.

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