This is the first blog post after we moved back from Bangalore to the SFO bay area. Well, I will have to rename the blog too! I will worry about it later on.
Coming to this post, one of the first birds that caught my eye was the hummingbird. I am no birder by any stretch, but the humming bird is just too fascinating. She is the first humming bird that I saw and like the birders say, a lifer. (I am certain that I have seen them during my previous 8-year stint in the bay area, but wasn’t so much into nature then)
When we moved into our new home, the bottle brush was in full bloom, pomegranate tree was full of orange flowers and another bush with red flowers (yet to ID it) looked lovely. In about three weeks time they were all done with the flowering. I got a bit worried; after I read more, I signed up for the hummingbirds at home project. Normally, I leave wild life alone and not feed them. However, the global warming has changed the flowering season and it maybe quite possible that there is not enough nectar to go around, for the migrating, breeding hummers. I did go and buy a nice mason jar nectar feeder, filled it with a 4:1 :: water:sugar solution, and thought it would keep all the hummers happy, like they show in the posters.
Boy, was I wrong! The above feeder was taken over by an alpha male and, no, he did not let anybody get close to the feeder. He still does not let anybody have a sip when he is around. However, when he is not around, I have seen a couple of other males, females and a juvenile. Sometimes, I wonder, if it is worth, to give away your freedom, stay put in one place, just for food! Well, it all boils down to survival, I guess.
Here are some of the shots of these intriguing hummers.
“If my love could be represented by a blur, it would be the beating of a hummingbird’s wings. Did you know that my love is the only love that can fly backwards? ” ― Jarod Kintz
Now you know why the title is blur!