Hummingbird Heaven – The Season Begins

Posted on Sunday, September 1st, 2013

September 1 is Return of the Hummingbird day at our house.  It happens like clockwork, which makes it almost magical.

We live in a second floor condo with a smallish balcony, so when we put out our hummingbird feeder, it hangs only about 5 feet from us.  That gives us a splendid opportunity to enjoy their little antics up close and personal.  At times, when the feeding frenzy is in full swing, we actually get dive-bombed, even to the point of feeling puffs of wind created by their beating wings.  Needless to say, it’s heavenly.

The hummingbirds come September 1 and leave September 30, almost to the day, year after year.  I have a pile of pictures from last year that I will share here, and I will come back again to share more pictures and thoughts I have while I sit and wait, and observe ‘my’ hummingbirds.

For now, here are some pictures.  Enjoy!

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Last year, sitting patiently – really, really, patiently – waiting for the hummingbirds to come, taught me a lot.  I’m going to do it again.

More later…

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9 Responses to
“Hummingbird Heaven – The Season Begins”

  • marlen says: September 3rd, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Oh I so envy you. Those are my favorite birds. They are lovely. I sometimes catch a glimpse of them in my mothers garden. They are mystical. So enjoy and do post more pics.

  • Patti says: September 4th, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Thank you, Marlen. I will certainly share more pictures as I sort last year’s and take new ones this year. They are mystical, aren’t they. 😉

  • Lisa Winkler says: September 4th, 2013 at 6:38 am

    Lucky you! We see them now and then- they like specific plants– but we haven’t had luck with the feeders in NJ. We can’t put them out in PA because they’ll attract bears! Enjoy these tiny marvels of nature.

  • Patti says: September 4th, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Oh yes, Lisa! They are so much fun. And the relaxation factor is incredible. 😉

  • Patti says: September 4th, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Oh… bears! Yikes. The only feeders we CAN put out is hummingbird feeders. Anything with seeds or fruit (stuff that will drop off) is not allowed. We live in a condo (upstairs) and those droppings would attract (gulp) rats. eeek. The people downstairs would not be amused. 😀

  • Florence says: September 10th, 2013 at 8:53 am

    We live on the Texas Gulf Coast and September really is Hummingbird Heaven! We have about 12 this morning at our 2 feeders. And we have been “dive bombed ” too. I love the sound of the whir of their wings and their tiny peeping call. Sometimes when JMM has taken down the feeder to wash and refill it, they will whiz around the spot where the feeder usually is and peep loudly telling us to hurry it up and get the food back where it belongs! LOL!!
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  • Patti says: September 10th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Hi Florence

    Oh yes, isn’t it fun?! I never knew until we managed to get up close and personal with the feeder on our balcony that hummingbirds talk so much… and so loud! I always thought of them as silent, polite little busy bodies. HA! They are aggressive and dang noisy, and have dive-bombing down to an art.

    Like you, when we take our feeder down to clean and fill, the hummingbirds are NOT amused! We only have one up but really need to hang another.

    Thanks for sharing your hummingbird heaven story with us. I sure appreciate that you took the time to read and comment.


  • Carole Hall says: September 20th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Hello my darling Cuz

    As usual, I’m a dime short and a day late! I too enjoy the little hummers (who doesn’t) but mine begin arriving March 1 and stick around for about 3 months. This is a Breeding ground for them and to see the bumble bee size specimens is nothing short of magical.

    Love you Cuz

  • Patti says: September 20th, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Thank you Cuz Carole
    I got your video of the little hummers at your feeders. They were CRAZY!
    (The only way I can figure out how to attach videos is if you put them on YouTube first. Sigh. I’m not techy enough, either!)

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