The Wonders of Hummingbirds
by Helyn J. Behn
(Lyndon Station, Wisconsin)
I have a hummingbird feeder attached to my window on my porch, and I am sitting like 3 feet away, it's wonderful to see them so close, when they feed, and now thanks to this web site, I can tell the difference between a male and a female. It's kind of scary how they zip and dive right past me when I am outside, and my dog Ozzie, who sits on the kitty napper,wonders what the heck those things are out there. It's pretty funny to watch.
Yes, Hummingbirds are wonderful, Helyn. They will aggressively protect their food source, even when they are sufficiently satiated. That is why they are zipping and diving around you and Ozzie. The hummingbird is unique to the Americas. When Christopher Columbus first arrived on our shores, he commented on the "little birds, so different from ours...it's a marvel."