We love hummingbird stories.
Since hummingbirds are faithful friends, returning to the same feeders year after year, many of us become attached.
We sometimes give them pet names.
Please remember that hummers are wild birds that need to live outside.
Some of us have a more scientific interest in the study of hummingbirds.
Others just love to watch.
Whatever your interest, we would all enjoy your stories.
Do you plant a hummingbird garden?
What flowers do your hummingbirds enjoy most?
Have you ever seen a hummingbird nest?
Please use the form below to submit your Hummingbird Story.
Last sighting for me in Sept 23, 2013
(Albuquerque NM USA)
After another great season of hummingbird activity, I cleaned and put away my two feeders until next spring. There had not seemed to be any nectar gone for a few days and the nights had been chilly.
When I pulled into the driveway after work, late afternoon, the next day, a hummingbird hovered in front of my windshield as soon as I turned off the car. I counted to ten. Still there.
I opened the car door and stood up, the bird moved to hover at eye level. I counted to ten. Still there. Then I said,
"I thought you guys had already left. I'll make new nectar and put the feeders back up"
I counted to ten; the bird continued to hover. I did not know what else to say, except,
"Sorry about that..."
Then he was gone. After hanging the feeders, two hummingbirds came, one to each feeder. I left them to it in the still warm afternoon.
This winter I was so excited because I knew my best friend
(Benny the hummingbird) was coming. Well in November I looked outside
every single day,but still no Benny, November passed, no Benny. December
came I put out lots of new plants my mom and i bought, I put out
hummingbird feeders, nectar cups and 2 Hibiscus plants. December passed
no Benny. when January came I began to worry, my friend said "Amanda
your worrying as if Benny were a human maybe it was his time or he found
a home full of plants with nectar don't worry maybe next year he'll
Hummer & Praying Mantis
by Pat Fash
(Dennison , IL) August 27, 2011 Illinois farm
Did you know that a Praying Mantis could catch & kill and hummingbird??
I sure didn't. We found a Mantis clinging to the top edge of our big feeder, and he was busy eating a hummer! Five days later, the Mantis was back on the feeder, but we killed it this time.
Sure sorry to lose one of our many hummers this way.
Tiny Costa Rican Hummingbird
I live in the costal Pacific Guanacaste area of Costa Rica.I
have a hummingbird feeder on my front porch and usually enjoy my morning
coffee watching the antics of a variety of species enjoying their
I have a purple flowered plant growing approx 20 feet beyond my feeder. Those flowers attract a variety of butterflies and moths.
A few weeks ago I spotted an unusual visitor to those flowers. A closer inspection found that a tiny black and white(no colors) hummingbird was feeding on those flowers.He was approx 1 1/2 inches long (including his beak). At first I thought it was a black carpenter bee or maybe a hummingbird moth........but no it was a hummer ! I grabbed my video camera and captured some pretty good shots of it.
I have not yet found anyone who knows anything about him.
If anybody can help me identify this unusual little guy please let me know. In the mean time I will try and figure out how to download the movie.
by Denis Snider
(Ropesville, Texas 79358)
2009 we had spent a week at Ft. Davis in September.
We had several Hummers coming up to our feeder hung close to our motor home. On our last day there, I had put up everything getting ready to pullout to head for home.
I left the feeder to the very last. I finally brought it in and had left the door open while I emptied the feeder into the sink. I looked up and one of the Red Throats we had been feeding had came into the motor home hovering between the two driver seats. I started to walk toward him and talking to him. All of a sudden, he went out the door.
I thought we had seen the last of him. I went ahead started the motor and pulled forward to hook up the Jeep.
After it as done, I came in and washed my hands, got into the seat ready to get underway. When we started to move forward slowly, one of the Hummers started hovering again right in front of the windshield looking in as to say;
"WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU ARE GOING, STOP!!" He stayed there until we got to the highway. It made us sad and we wanted to unhook and stay another peaceful week.
Something we will never forget!! GOOD MEMORY
by Paul Miller
(Vancouver, Washington, USA)
This is the first full year we have put out hummingbird feeders
in our Vancouver, Washington home and have named a few distinctively
marked regulars in the mix of hummers we get year around here! To help
our new backyard hummingbird decor theme, we've collected some
hummingbird sun glass, wind ornaments, windchimes (the decoration bird
being a huge crow-sized hummingbird which I painted in the native Anna's
hummingbird pattern, and a colorful garden flag with what is supposed
to be a Ruby Throated hummingbird sipping from a bunch of bright red
flowers. Our backyard hummers entertain us by sometimes batting the
ornaments around with their beaks and then watching them move. One bird
even attacked the wind chimes "bird." repeatedly jamming its beak into
the much bigger inanimate bird's neck. This particular bird is my
favorite, a curious young Anna's male called "hummy." Hummy noticed my
garden flag almost as soon as I put it out. He flew over to it and
hovered in front about a foot in front of the flower-hummingbird
illustration, eyeing, in turn, the "hummer" and then the flowers. Hummy
moved laterally from one side of the flag to the other, left to right,
as if he were near-sighted and reading the newspaper. I was in stitches
suppressing laughter that would have scared the little bird away. After
about twenty seconds of side to side hovering, Hummy satisfied himself
the flag wasn't a meal or the bird on it a threat and zipped on to more
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