|Over Spring Break, I played around with the GoPro, my narcissist camera extension pole (for filming yourself doing AWESOME things, and a few clamps.|
I clamped the camera extension pole to the porch rail, turned it on, and just walked away. The GoPro can run for about 3 hours on a battery charge and the Ruby Throated hummers were stoked about the feeder being up, so I knew I would get some decent footage.
And I did.
Although, I had to wade through long stretches of gently swaying, no bird at the feeder footage to extract the birdy bits.
My notes show about 25 visits with an average "stay time" of 15 seconds. I didn't measure the gap between visits, but typically, if I am going to stand out there and wait, I figure about 10 minutes between visits.
The project worked, but may have been unnecessary. There were times when I was setting up the camera that the hummers came and perched on the bracket supporting the feeder, or buzzed my face, hovering, head cocked to the side, checking me out.
Gotta love these little P-51's.
Of course, the big mystery is the identity of the larger brown hummer that shows up in the last few seconds of the video clip below.
I can't find it in any of the field guides