Sunday, April 06, 2008

Early Birds

Early in the morning, the rubythroat hummingbirds visit my scraggily shrimp plants for nectar.
So, early in the morning, I visit my scraggily shrimp plants for hummer shots.

They seem alot "perchier" than hummers I've watched in the past ... even to the point of perching and waiting while another hummer works blossoms on the same plant. When the early hummer leaves, the perching hummer begins slurping nectar.

The perch is actually a dead branch in the shrimp plant, not a distant perch on high.

Patience, patience ...


Preflight stretch.

Preening is important after a rainy night. Soggy feathers don't hum.



"You hummin' to me?"

14 comments:

Danielle Gets a Green Thumb said...

I'm in the process of planning/planting a butterfly/hummingbird haven in my backyard....shrimp plants....good to know ;)

Floridacracker said...

Danielle,
Shrimp plants, native coral honeysuckle, salvia, impatiens, trumpet creeper (will spread...careful where you put it).
Good luck!

robin andrea said...

It always surprises me that the hummingbirds arrive here in the northwest before most of our flowers have even budded. Although, as I type this, I am thinking of our little orchard, which does have plum and apple blossoms. I wonder...

Your hummer here was quite kind to pose so handsomely for you.

Anonymous said...

They don't slow down too often. But, when they do the colors are amazing. next clue was, He made his journey, but when he got there they weren't there. They were still on the dark side of the moon. You got it though. His wall pic's finaly came up. nice chating with ya
Bro J

Joe said...

great shots! Humming Birds are difficult to shoot.

Laura said...

Looks like the early bird got the shots!

I think I'll go ahead and give the shrimp plants another chance. The last time I planted them, they up and died on me.
bah.

But I'd coddle them this time around, just to get some good bird shots like these!

By the way, here's a tip I heard around the bird blogs out there. The suggestion was to tie a length of orange tape around a big tree, in such a way that it will attract passing hummingbirds, so that they'll swoop down into your yard and investigate.

I have no idea if it works, but I figure it can't hurt!

Also, my mom sent a link to the listerine/mosquito method that was posted on my site last week. Apparently it's an urban legend...
*sigh*

Cathy said...

" . . . soggy feathers don't hum."

How cute is that!?

A real gem, FC.

(My mother has never forgiven me for the trumpet creeper I planted beside her garage)

lej619 said...

well in comment to Laura I have finally gotten som listerine to try on them there skeeters.I'll let you know it it works.I sure hope so.

Your pictures are really really pretty. have you seen the photos of the hummingbirds birth?? A lady/man took some really neat pictures in succession. From building to the babies leaving.
read yeah later

Floridacracker said...

Bro J,
I went and they were worth the trip. He looked happy.

Joe,
Welcome to Pure Florida!
And yes they are!!

Laura,
It had that urban legend feel to it, but I hadn't hoaxbusted it yet. My porch is a perfect testing ground.
I have enough trumpet creeper, shrimp plant and coral honeysuckle, that I probably don't need the flagging trick.
Sounds reasonable tho.

Cathy,
Thanks!
I have never forgiven myself for planting it close to my blueberries!!

Lej,
No, I haven't seen that.
I'm still waiting to come across a hummer nest.

Sharon said...

Fabulous!! Shrimp plants, eh? Much prettier than a hummingbird feeder! Yes, SSS works ok for skeets but you have to keep reapplying. Good for little ones, though, no chemicals.

Have not used listerine, hadn't even heard of that until now. I tried to google it and I'm getting mixed reviews, but most of them say it doesn't work. What I did find says to spray it all around outside and didn't see where you put it on yourself. You try it and let me know how it works ;o) At the very least, it will give the skeeters minty-fresh breath

Thunder Dave said...

Wow! Nice shots fo the HB, it's rare to catch them standing still, or even standing for that matter!

I was finally able to get photos to upload, but it took three posts to do it!

Floridacracker said...

Sharon,
I think I'll just tough it out or use some DeepWoods Off if I'm feeling wimpy.

Dave,
Cool shots of the great wall. Your bro is dropping in now.

Thunder Dave said...

Thanks!
Yea man, don't be too surprised if JaF drop in sometimes too!

zhakee said...

I've never heard of shrimp plants, does the plant smell like shrimp, or does it look like shrimp? The hummingbird images are very nice.