Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday..Hummingbirds You Won't Believe

I'm glad Susan at A Southern Daydreamer is back and hosting Outdoor Wednesday again! She's been kind enough to host even when her life got crazy! Thank you Susan! I recently received these pictures via email. Ordinarily, I would not post third hand information, but these are extraordinary! Don't worry--cynic that I am about email, I checked this out with They are real and not the product of "photo enhancement".

These pictures were taken by Sam and Abigail Alfano who live in Pine, Louisiana. It seems they live in what is called a "fly zone" for hummingbird migration. According to her, she decided to sit down with a cup of the bird nectar one morning as she was filling it. This is the result!

I've noticed that hummingbirds seem to adapt to people and pets. I am convinced that the same ones visit our house year after year. In fact, I named them long before I named my Target bird couple--Humphrey and Henrietta Hummingbird (I like everything to have a name and am partial to alliteration).

Can you imagine? This is just amazing to me. I'm a little squeamish about birds up close and personal, but I think even I would have tried to sit still for this! Join Susan for a list of participants at and have a wonderful Wednesday!


  1. Hi - thanks for stopping by my blog! I chuckle about your remark concerning birds up front and personal! I am an animal lover of all types, and have trouble understanding someone having trouble with them, especially birds. I own a canary and a lovebird - and my hubby was afraid to hold the canary for a toe nail trim - so much so that he ran from me as I chased him with the bird - he kept saying "It ain't gonna happen! It ain't gonna happen!" In the end, I won, and now he holds birds - even the lovebird which perches on his glasses! I have a pic of that in one of my posts this year! Have a great day!

  2. Oh Susan, thank you so much for sharing. Aren't the hummers just wonderful? I have several, and one of them I have bonded with over the years. She will hover right next to my ear and click away. She tells me when her feeder is low, when the birdbath needs freshened and is just a wonderful pet. I enjoy watching them. They are such a beautiful swirl of colors. Great OW post. Country Hugs, Sherry

  3. Good morning Susan
    I'm not part of "out door Wednesday"...yet! I'm just blog reading on my day off from work...
    I love hummingbirds, we don't see them too often around here,so they are a special treat for the eyes when we do.
    Wonderful photos I'm glad you posted them.

  4. That is amazing!!! We have on hummingbird that loves to come and visit us. Of course, he also comes for his little treat we put out. I have never seen anything like this! Great photos!

  5. love that, thanks for sharing the amazing photos.

  6. Oh, Susan! This is truly the most amazing sight! Can you believe it??? My MIL has hummers, and they seem to return year after year. I think you're right. I think they know where home is. This is the sweetest thing I've ever seen.

    Happy OW to you, my friend!


    Sheila :-)

  7. WOW! Those are awesome pictures. I never thought that would ever happen. We have lots of Hummingbirds here too, but they are actually kind of mean. They dive bomb you! It's hilarious to see the dogs run!

  8. I've never had any actually sit on me but they do come close sometimes thinking, perhaps that I'm a flower. If you aren't familiar with Birds n Blooms, a Reinman publication, they have photos like this all the time, sent in by readers.
    Thanks for sharing. The Hummingbirds are here in early Spring then we don't see them again until late July. They'll be around now until late Fall.
    Mama Bear

  9. Awesome photo's Susan!! Just amazing!!


  10. Amazing!!!! I just love humming birds!

  11. I think there is something so special about hummingbirds. I have held one in my hand. Amazing feeling. Or non feeling as they have no weight just the vibration.

  12. Hummingbirds are my favorite bird of all but this year we've only had one come , and go. TTFN ~Marydon

  13. Thanks for stopping by Domestic Princess in Training! These pictures are amazing! This is something you would definitely remember forever. I wonder if the lady in the picture does this every year during migration season. Anyway….I’ve enjoyed reading your post and am now a follower! Oh and I love the damask pillows on your patio and the fun little polkadot flower pot…to fun!

  14. what I wouldn't do for those!!! I have hung a feeder...but they seem to prefer my flowers...and I only have seen one so far this year! how amazing is that!

  15. Your photos are amazing. I had no idea they would come that close to humans.

  16. Susan, isn't this incredible! Thanks for sharing it. laurie

  17. Susan, isn't it a small world. I can't believe you grew up in Vicksburg!

    I loved seeing the pictures of the hummers. They inspired me to try that with mine.

    I look forward to getting to know you better through your stories.



  18. Hi Susan,

    I love your outdoor photos you have shared.
    We do not have hummingbirds over in NZ so I enjoyed seeing these little birds in your post.

    Have an enjoyable day

  19. Adorable little creatures and amazing photo.

  20. Hi Susan

    Thanks for visiting me on "Outdoor Wednesday" and leaving such a nice comment!

    I love hummingbirds but sadly I don't ever see any here. The ones I've seen were at my sister's home in Arizona. They were so tiny and fast!

    These photos are amazing! I do think she was brave to let the birds peck at her hands to drink the nectar.

  21. Susan,
    These are simply amazing pictures of gorgeous hummingbirds. Their colors are amazing. We look forward each year to the ones who frequent our yard.
    I loved this post.

  22. These are incredible photos! I love hummers... When we went camping in Colorado... which is also a "fly zone" we would always bring a hummer feeder to hang in the tree to watch them.... Thank you SO MUCH for posting this... when your page loaded my jaw dropped, literally!
    I hope you have a fun rest of the week!
    ~Really Rainey~

  23. Those are so cool. I love Hummingbirds, they are so neat to watch.

  24. The photos are just amazing.. I've been trying to lure hummingbirds to my yard for the first time this far nada..I think they are such the cutet little birds and can watch them for hours!

  25. Wonderful!
    Great captures of these amazing creatures.

    Happy outdoor Jessie.

  26. Hummingbirds are just fascinating. I don't know if you've seen the original blog post from this lady and her husband, but the whole story as to how she accomplished this and the aftermath of the emails is just as interesting as the photos. You can read it @

    I lived in California most of my life and while there are about a dozen species that migrate through, there are three species that live there year round — Anna's, Allen's and Costa's. You do get the same birds everyday and I never tired of watching them. Here in Florida I may catch a glimpse once or twice a year, but that's it.

  27. Good morning Susan, It's so nice to meet you. You have a beautiful blog here. These photos are amazing. Charli and I love your little dog Jessie ♥ Such a sweet little face. I will be back again to visit. I hope you have a lovely day.

  28. Wow! Truly amazing pictures...thanks for sharing..Christine

  29. Nice post - pictures of hummers ..Keep Posting

    pictures of hummers