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hummingbird courtship

I heard an unusual twittering outside yesterday, so went to see what bird it was making the odd noise, and it turned out to be hummingbirds. A male ruby-throated hummingbird (I can't remember when last I've seen a male before--not for ages), flashing that jewel throat, was swooping down in great parabolas on a bush with abundant, deep-throated pink flowers (weigela) in my neighbor's yard, where a female was feeding. I looked up this behavior and found out he was courting. Well--I was quite impressed! But I'm not the female he was after.


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xjenavivex
Jun. 6th, 2016 12:26 am (UTC)
I bet it was beautiful
asakiyume
Jun. 6th, 2016 12:12 pm (UTC)
It definitely, definitely was!
yamamanama
Jun. 6th, 2016 02:23 am (UTC)
I can't remember the last time I've seen a mall hummingbird either. There was a female at the wildlife center a few years back.

I wonder if we use "RTH" for them or just "hummingbird" since they're the only ones in Massachusetts.
asakiyume
Jun. 6th, 2016 12:12 pm (UTC)
I suppose you might get a stray something-else at some point, even though technically we're not supposed to--like if a hurricane blew some birds northward or something.
yamamanama
Jun. 6th, 2016 06:38 pm (UTC)
Wikipedia tells me that 5 other species have been recorded, so that's entirely possible.
sovay
Jun. 6th, 2016 03:31 am (UTC)
Well--I was quite impressed! But I'm not the female he was after.

Aw. Unrequited hummingbird.
asakiyume
Jun. 6th, 2016 12:11 pm (UTC)
He was so magnificent--I hope he soon was requited.
queenoftheskies
Jun. 6th, 2016 05:41 am (UTC)
That is soooo COOL!
asakiyume
Jun. 6th, 2016 12:10 pm (UTC)
It was great! I think it was you who first told me about hearing hummingbirds chirping--I'd never heard it with my own ears before.
mnfaure
Jun. 7th, 2016 01:51 pm (UTC)
I remember her mentioning the sound as well. :D
wuweibaby
Jun. 6th, 2016 11:54 am (UTC)
I hope you didn't feel bad ;)
asakiyume
Jun. 6th, 2016 12:10 pm (UTC)
I'll live ;-)
khiemtran
Jun. 7th, 2016 10:54 am (UTC)
That's very cool! The only time I've ever seen hummingbirds was in the US (at the Getty Center in fact). I have to admit, as impressed as I was with the art, I got as much enjoyment from the tiny, hovering birds.
asakiyume
Jun. 7th, 2016 01:08 pm (UTC)
When I was a child, I learned about hummingbirds and always wanted to see one but never did. Since moving here, I've seen lots of them!
mnfaure
Jun. 7th, 2016 01:50 pm (UTC)
What a lovely sight! :D
asakiyume
Jun. 9th, 2016 11:51 pm (UTC)
It was truly beautiful!
heliopausa
Jun. 8th, 2016 01:58 am (UTC)
That's a lovely word-picture. :)
asakiyume
Jun. 9th, 2016 11:52 pm (UTC)
♥ I'm glad it conjured an image for you!
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