Hummer Locals~

The year round hummers have names. Meet Star.
Star got the name because she is my star poser and lets me get quite close. She often sleeps with me a couple of feet away which is incredibly cute! She looks about ready to nod off now.
Yep, here she goes, snoozing the day away. I can identify with a hummer who likes her naps!
This is Flash. He strobes his intense colors at will and frequently. He tends to be a bit more hyper and dominant than laid back Star.

He would never sleep in my presence, but he loves to zoom at great velocity over the top of my head, making my hair flutter!

At the feeder he perches at the back and hides, peeking at me occasionally out of curiosity.
Piloto is Spanish for pilot.


He drinks from the feeder only while in flight, never perching.

Piloto is named for his flying ability.

He is always in super fast motion and is an expert in flying backwards.

He loves to fly about a hundred feet in the air and dive bomb down at up to 6o mph!

Darth is named for his black helmet and his cranky behavior. He will frequently dislodge Star from her perch while napping, just because he can! He is quite entertaining to watch and harmless, albeit the other hummers do find him annoying.
The spring migration will be starting any day now. Up to 40 additional hummingbirds will descend on The Holler. I will hang additional feeders to accommodate the numbers and we have nest boxes going up in the center courtyard. By mid-April The Holler will be humming!
Cheers to you from the The Holler Hummer locals~

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      • Hummingbirds are super curious. I see this all the time. They investigate all sorts of other flying creatures with seemingly zero fear since they fly better than any other bird. Plus the other flying creatures, non-hummers, never seem challenge them. The only creatures I have seen attempt to actually prey on The Holler Hummers are the Roadrunners and the Praying Mantis. The Roadrunners have no chance, but the Mantis might, so I relocate them.

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  3. Happy Easter Cindy, when I did textile design at school we looked at butterflies to get colour and pattern ideas for our fabric designs and clothing designs, when I look at these beautiful birds with their fabulous plumage, the colours you’ve captured are so amazing, I want to replicate them in fabric.


    • Yes, I can understand this. It also explains why women throughout history have worn bird feathers, trying and failing, to replicate the original. I would love to see your hummingbird textiles. I suspect they would be truly lovely!

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  4. I love to hear about your contact with the hummers, their names and oddities…I feel I come closer to them. That is just the way to think if you love animals. Personalities all of them! Thank you for sharing – and Happy Easter!


  5. The bluebirds and robin are back in our mountains. The juncos (“snow birds”) have not headed north quite yet. The hummingbirds will not be by for a couple of months though.


    • Yes, when you see the first one it’s TIME! We are now getting hit with the spring onslaught, probably around 15 or so now, increasing daily. I suspect we will have even greater numbers this season than last as they seem to increase every year!


  6. For the briefest of moments, I thought to myself: “Cindy finally got a HumVee to drive around town…” but you surprise me with an incredible series of action shots of these hyperactive birds (really an impressive display of photos here).


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