Hummingbird

Hummingbirds in the snow

We live in Happy Valley next to Scouter's Mountain, (we're up about 800') and have a group of hummingbirds that feed on our feeders year round. With the freezing temperatures, we're having to bring the feeders in to thaw and replace them in rotation. This evening as I was replacing the feeder under our back porch eave, the little hummingbird (that patrols the feeder) landed on the feeder WHILE I WAS HOLDING IT! I snapped these photos with my left hand, while my right was holding the feeder. The birds are so abundant and fearless, we have a bird on the feeder probably every 2-3 minutes. And the males are very territorial, they will dive-bomb your head if you get too close to the feeders. You kinda take 'your life into your hands' when you pull the feeder to refill it. I want to say to them, "don't dive-bomb the hand that feeds you!" We get hours of enjoyment with our tiny year-'round friends. They're so cute in this cold weather too, all puffed up to keep warm they almost look twice their regular size. Adorable.

Side note, I'm a little disappointed that the light was so low as I took these around 4 pm. I'll have a better chance tomorrow to take pics of the freezing feeders with slushy sugar-water in them.

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