Friday, April 11, 2008

Hummingbird Tease and Bluebirds


As a follow-up to my previous post on Wednesday, I just had to give an update today.

Around 7:30 p.m. last night I had just finished running Chloe and Bella in the backyard. Heading inside, I heard the hum overhead and saw a male Ruby-Throated come in for a landing out of the southeast directly to the red feeder. Of course I didn’t have the camera but he came back three times before sundown to fill up.


I stood motionlessly watching him fuel his little self for several minutes last night. Was I excited? YOU BET. As giddy as a school girl.

This morning around 6:45 a.m. I looked through the bathroom window and saw him again, fueling up on a different feeder. I smiled and went off to work feeling hopeful. I guess he was just checking in at Mary’s Hummingbird Hotel of Huntersville for a restful night and a complimentary breakfast before starting off towards his northern destination. I haven’t seen him since then.

Sigh…and, another cold blast of air will visit this weekend with frost warnings!

Bluebird News: No Bluebirds at my house! HA!

But, there two or three couples on campus busily checking out the housing.


It’s so good to see some females!


Two of the nesting boxes have nests already so they inspected the remaining three. She even showed interest in the old one attached to a tree.


A helpful little man.

I had fun watching them collaborate and inspect.

Reminds me of newlywed excitement. You only need to listen to their romantic songs and watch them...


So what do you think, dear?

I wish to see their offspring.

For a few moments, I wondered how I could safely transport them in the middle of the night…to my house ;-)


Lisa at Greenbow said...

Great photos Mary. I will be looking for the Hummers any day now. The wind is blowing something awful today. I doubt if they will be around now. That cold front is blowing through.

RuthieJ said...

Hooray for Mary's hummingbird!
And Bluebirds too!
I'm glad they showed up to brighten your day (and mine too!)

JeanMac said...

Yeah for Mary! Glad you finally got hummers back.

beckie said...

Well, Hallelujah! Now no more moping around. Wonderful shots of the hummer and the bluebirds. Hope you do get to see little ones. But no birdhouse taking! Did you report your sighting?

Have a good weekend!

Anonymous said...

You beat me after all Mary!! My first sighting was this afternoon!! I told you so...LOL


nina at Nature Remains. said...

I hope you gave him directions to MY house?
I'll have the light on.

Sherry at the Zoo said...

Oh...I pray that you will get a bluebird at your home soon! If anyone deserves bluebirds, it's you.... maybe the hummingbirds will let them know what a good thing you have going?

Anonymous said...

Send a few of them little guys up north a bit! Still waiting on the hummingbirds here in Madison. Bluebirds I've got by the dozens. If we make it through this threatened frost (ugh), maybe we can make a trade.

Robin (Bumblebee) said...

Hi Mary,

I know there are bluebirds around here too because I have caught pictures of one. (See blog.) But I haven't figured out if they are housing with me yet. With all my travels, I haven't yet checked all the houses. I know that they're not in the most convenient house near my garden. Still, I hope they're in one of the 8 houses we have here. Tramping into the fields tomorrow to see...

Robin at Bumblebee

Mary said...

I'm so glad that your hummingbirds are back...I know how anxiously you have been awaiting send some on to my house! The Bluebirds are so beautiful! Really nice pics.

Susan Gets Native said...


Now where the Hell are MINE?

Stacey Olson said...

Beautiful photos as usual. I am sure the bluebirds will come to your house soon. Patients.. I have a pair trying to nest in my eaves, I have two perfect houses, but mrs. blue bird doesn't think they are good enough, she wants my house.. lol Glad to see you back in blog world.. enjoy your hummers as I am sure they enjoyed the nourishment you provided.. Thanks Mary..

Unknown said...

Yay on the hummer! Yay on the campus bluebirds! They'll be to your house soon! I know it.

Cheryl said...

Maty Tku so much for sharing your beautiful hummingbirds. My smile was from ear to ear. I could feel your excitement. They are such wonderful birds. How long do they stay???

Love all the bird photos, so easy on the eye.

Jayne said...

Yay!!!! Mary has hummers!!!! Yahooo! Those bluebirds will come, you'll see. :c)

Anonymous said...

Hi Mary,

Great photos of the Bluebirds, very striking colour. Nice new residence for the pair and no mortgage problems.!

Carol Michel said...

Egads, I need to put up my bluebird house and buy a hummingbird feeder TODAY!

Rose said...

Mary, How exciting to see a hummingbird already! My one goal this summer is to take a photo of one, but I don't think mine will ever compare to yours. Lovely photos.

Mel said...

Those Bluebirds are sooo handsome!!
But I have a soft spot for hummingbirds, so, I stay with your guests!!

Kerri Farley said...

Mary, your Blubird shots are AWESOME! The colors are SO VIVID!!!

And I hate to say I told you so....but I KNEW those hummers would show up!! And they will AGAIN!!! You got some great shots of him as well!!!
I am giddy with excitement over SPRING...however we have SNOW SHOWERS predicted for Sunday/Monday...although it's almost 70 today (Saturday)

I found a NEW Bird (new to me) that I posted. Hop on by when you get a chance.

KGMom said...

You finally got your hummingbird shot, complete with the wonderful iridescent throat.
I wonder, when bluebirds go househunting, do they have a bluebird real estate agent who goes along?

Q said...

Dear Mary,
He is beautiful! I am so happy you saw your first Hummer of the season! The cold is easier to take knowing it will be over soon. The hummers will be around day and night for six more months!
Your Blue Bird photos are lovely.
Oh Mary, I am swooning....
As Goddess of the Endless Summer you can simply order those Blue Birds to your back yard! A trail of meal worms might do the trick!
I am so happy for you.
Enjoy each and every Hummingbird minute.

Sandpiper (Lin) said...

Mary, How beautiful! I've never had a bluebird in my garden, so seeing other people's pictures is such a treat! Nice to see the hummingbird too!

Nora said...

Glad you saw your hummers and I liked the pictures of your bird houses....your birds are well loved...cheers.

Naturegirl said...

Mary I simply LoVe the images of the bluebirds!! The only bluebirds we have at home are the Jays..I was so excited when I captured the image of my Hummer...they have "Anna" hummingbirds here and I am determined to capture at least one image before I leave!!For now it is Mares and Foals!
Great images here..sunkissed in AZ ..aNNa xo

Appalachian Lady said...

You have the same hummingbird feeder as I do. I better think about filling it soon.

The bluebird photos are great. Joan

Alyssa said...

Hi Mary - It's only a matter of time and those little colorful buggers will be fighting over your feeders! Your photos of the bluebirds are beautiful. I didn't realize that they are such a brilliant blue. I hope your job is easing down a bit and you are able to relax and enjoy your days.

Larry said...

Terrific photos! - I'm glad your friends are coming back to visit you but don't trust them-they're only after your food-the selfish little @?&*%":!-well you know what I mean.

Anonymous said...

Glad your birds are back, Mary. I see on the flight chart they are as far north as New Hampshire, so we should be seeing them in a while. Guess I had better get ready.

Corey said...

I love those bluebird nestboxes, they're so not-plain. Where are they?