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The Hummingbird Spy.

UPDATE #2: In addition to the video footage I got of 'em the other day, I just put up a new hummingbird feeder so they'd be more inclined to come back regularly and it worked like a charm. Hit the jump and then scroll down into the comments section to see some photos of one o' the hummingbirds pigging out. (3/14/09)

Bird... James Bird.

For a long time now, there's been a hummingbird who keeps flying up to my window and spying on me while I work. I'll never understand why he finds me so particularly interesting. Maybe he knows that I've had a hummingbird feeder in my closet for almost 2 years now and have yet to set it up so he can drink its sweet Kool-Aid-like nectar. It's one of those projects that requires me to remove the screen from my window, drill a hole in the side of the building, dangle from the ledge while trying to hang the feeder up and hoping to hell that I don't fall three stories down to my death where people will find me with a broken neck and covered in red hummingbird syrup. Not exactly how I'd like to leave this world, hence the procrastination.

Now, I've never been able to photograph the hummingbird in the past, because it would fly away before I had a chance to turn my camera on. That all changed today, when the lil' fella got even more ballsy (or perhaps, just lazy) and decided to sit on a small tree branch outside my window to do his spying from there...

You're not fooling me bird! I know you're watching my every move!

I was really surprised to see him sitting there for so long and it was great to finally snap some nice photos of him, but it would appear as though this was all just a big prank of his. After I snapped my final picture, he looked right into my eyes, took a dump and then flew away.

Nature really is awesome, but I can't help but think that it's constantly laughing at us humans.

UPDATE: The hummingbird came back again today and not only did I capture it on video this time, but it brought a friend along for the show!


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Tadao on 03/10/2009 1:56 pm

I think he was reviewing you latest pie.


trixie (Guest) on 03/10/2009 1:59 pm

Actually, I think your he-bird might just be a she-bird judging from the coloration (though I'm not familiar with the hummingbirds of CA).

And seriously, if you do have a little Mata Hari Bird, you should watch your back, hummingbirds are notoriously defensive, territorial creatures, and will attempt to stab things they consider threats (usually other hummingbirds during mating seasons) with their beaks. Seriously.

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mburbank on 03/10/2009 2:04 pm

I can coroborate that. When I was working in he Adirondacks one summer, I set up a humingbird feeder outside my cabin.

When the first male came, I thought 'Hey, great'.

Then another Male staerted coming by and I thought 'hey, double great'

Then they started having ariel combat, and I thought 'wow, check THAT shit.'

Then they started trying to kill each other with their beaks and it was kind of a bummer.

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Graystreet on 03/10/2009 2:04 pm

That's actually an urban myth, Hummingbirds wouldn't dare risk their beaks to fight off a threat, they prefer Lugers, they're German, you know?

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Angryhydralisk on 03/10/2009 4:01 pm

A friend of mine had an exotic south american bird land by his door once, whom he befriended and kept.

Maybe pickleman could use an avian picklebird, no?

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Doctor_Who on 03/10/2009 5:35 pm

This is how I got my pet parakeet in the 5th grade. Parakeets do not live in this area at all, so he must have escaped from somewhere and decided to hang out by my window, figuring one house full of silly monkeys was as likely to give him seed as any other.


Yo (Guest) on 03/10/2009 5:36 pm

My house used to have lots of those feeders, but then some black bees started to swarm the crap out of it. Very annoying.

I haven't seem a humming bird around here since then.

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Ferrit on 03/10/2009 6:45 pm

Gosh - snow...hummingbirds not freezing to death...that must be nice.

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Silver on 03/10/2009 9:30 pm

A National Geographic quality snapshot, -RoG-.

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greenimp on 03/10/2009 11:08 pm

"he looked right into my eyes, took a dump and then flew away."

cheeky lil bugger!

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Copper on 03/11/2009 12:04 am

I've never actually seen a hummingbird perch before! Very nice pictures!

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Ronin S on 03/11/2009 12:53 am

Hm, he looks like a species I saw in Costa Rica a while back.

And they are quite territorial. Everyone thinks they're like fairies, but their temperament is more like a fighter jet pilot.


Kyle Harkes (Guest) on 03/11/2009 7:21 am

Hahahahahahahahaha!!!!!! Made my day!

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-RoG- on 03/11/2009 1:28 pm

UPDATE: Hey guys, the hummingbird returned again today and this time I got him on video along with a little surprise. Scroll back up to the blog post and check out the video!

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Aduross on 03/11/2009 2:08 pm

Di-zam. Now we just need some bees to go with them birds.


DJ Krueger (Guest) on 03/11/2009 4:24 pm

Rog, hes simply just a fan of the site, lmao

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Pretzel on 03/11/2009 4:49 pm

Hummingbirds do...things...when they watch you through the window. Dirty, dirty things. I should know, I have proof*!

*note- "proof" may or may not include actual emperical research, data, real work of any kind, or facts. "proof" can, in certain circumstances, be interpreted to mean "something I just made up", or "complete and utter kapok".

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Aura Fox on 03/11/2009 6:40 pm

Alls I get are vultures..lots and lots of vultures..

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Silver on 03/11/2009 11:26 pm

Hey, -RoG-, considering that you are a fan of the NES (like many of us) that hummingbird may be spying on you to make a plan to get revenge in the name of all those killer birds that sent your ninja ass into a bottomless pit plenty of times.

I would watch my back.

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0dd1 on 03/12/2009 8:11 am

Nature is amazing at times...and at other times, it can be quite the @$$h0le.

Still, that was pretty cool. Not sure what the hummingbird may want, though. Perhaps this is its new home?

When I was just a wee lad, I used to be obsessed with birds, and hummingbirds are my favorite type of bird. Oh, where are you, o knowledge of the avian critters, and why hast thou left me?!??

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HowardC on 03/12/2009 8:17 am

coming home from the grocery store a few years back I found a hummingbird with it's beak caught in our feeder. I carefully held him and got his beak free and now the little bugger comes back to visit every year! You'd be suprised how brazin they get if they know you aren't a threat. This one will pearch not more than two feet away from me now so long as I'm still.

Btw... birds don't kiss, I think those two were trying to kill each other. Sorry. :(

We've also got crows now. Lots of crows. Big giant crows like you'd see in a horror movie. Those assholes won't even fly away when you get close either. They just sit there.... stareing at you... judging you.... knowing the terrible things you did. I named one Mr. Pretty Head... he is my friend. :D


Jenovaii (Guest) on 03/12/2009 10:15 am

You nerds are so silly...

The second bird is obviously a baby. The begging way it holds its mouth open? It wants the food! They aren't making's a mama (or daddy) bird feeding its baby!

Congrats, -RoG-, looks like you got a birdie family. So jealous...

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Nick on 03/12/2009 11:01 am

That's really cute.


liquidcross (Guest) on 03/12/2009 12:51 pm

Your pictures came out great! It's like National Geographic (minus the R&B, of course).

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–Shoal– on 03/12/2009 1:02 pm

Yeah, it really does look like you have a baby.-Well, if it can fly, maybe baby isn't the right word- young adult? Tween?

According to the book I hastily flipped through it may be an Anna's Hummingbird. It's hard to say for sure though since the plumage of the young birds/females isn't terribly distinct.

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Primortal on 03/12/2009 2:22 pm

Maybe the Hummingbird's trying to use it's telepathy upon you?


Musique (Guest) on 03/12/2009 2:34 pm

ah! my virgin eyes! x_X

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sonicteam3000 on 03/13/2009 2:40 pm

where in the hell do you find stuff like that rog!!!! wowie that was CUTE!!!

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-RoG- on 03/13/2009 7:32 pm

UPDATE #2: I just bought a lil' hummingbird feeder today, so now they'll have even more incentive to hang around my window. I'll be sure to snap some photos of 'em if they stop by again.

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-RoG- on 03/14/2009 7:23 pm


As you can see in the photos below, the hummingbird feeder I bought worked like a charm. I guess if all else fails, I can take up a career in avian photography.


flash_fox (Guest) on 03/14/2009 7:42 pm

Wow, that one little humming bird was advertising. He thought that if he showed up enough putting on shows, you'd hang a humming bird feeder for his bitches and hoes.

Didn't think a humming bird would warrant a a blog entry, but I'm a true lover of the avian world, so I'm down with it.

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Silver on 03/14/2009 8:40 pm

Mastefully done, -RoG-!

You have learned what's necessary in order to become one with nature.

Now I an expect to see you hiding in the wilderness... Waiting for a defenseless impala to drop by and then jump on it to go for the neck and start a bloody meal...


Fast_Eddy (Guest) on 03/14/2009 11:50 pm

That is the most absurd hummingbird feeder i've ever laid eyes on.


davelog (Guest) on 03/15/2009 9:59 am

it doubles as a bong.


Farrel (Guest) on 03/19/2009 2:26 pm

What you have there is a pregnant female Anna's Hummingbird. Her baby from the video clip is old enough to leave the nest, and she's getting ready to lay another clutch of eggs. Next time you see her, she'll probably be a lot thinner. Congrats!


GDTravis (Guest) on 06/17/2009 7:21 pm

I love all the pics. I have just begun feeding hummingbirds at our house and am enjoying your adventures. Any updates?

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-RoG- on 06/17/2009 7:39 pm

Yep! The hummingbirds are still coming to our place on a daily basis. There's about 3 of them feeding from it, so I usually have to replenish the feeder every 3-4 days or so. Which is good really, because you don't want to let that stuff sit out for too many days or the birds can get sick from it.

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