We got to stand and watch several hummingbirds this weekend, but they weren’t the kinds listed on the Hummingbird Outdoor Hour Challenge. Nonetheless, we enjoyed them.

Sometimes, I can’t quite figure out why God made certain birds. (I won’t tell you which ones.) I know why God made hummingbirds though. It’s because He wanted to us to see jewels flying through the sky. We learned however from reading the Handbook of Nature Study that they serve a purpose to the ecosystem, as well. They help to pollinate flowers that have long necks and whose pollen the wind can never touch. We were also amazed to learn that the hummingbirds like to eat bugs and will hover in front of a spider web and steal the spider’s catch. I thought they were just nectar suckers. The most amazing thing we learned though was about the hummingbirds’ tongues. Their tongues have little hairs on them and they curl in from both sides, causing them to have two straws in their mouth. Now that’s amazing! We have such a wonderful Creator.

We got to watch two varieties of hummingbirds at Grandpa and Grandma’s this weekend.

We got to see the most amazing Rufous Hummingbird, but I’m going to share one of the pictures that I posted a couple of weeks ago of the Rufous, because we couldn’t get a photo this time.

Rufus Hummingbird 04.06.09

Rufous Hummingbird photographed at the feeder on our porch.

The hummer that we watched the most was a Calliope Hummingbird. There were several of them hanging out at the feeder. However, we observed one interesting phenomon–the Rufous was the boss. When he came to the feeder, the others left. And he perched on a tree not too far away to chase the Calliopes away just whenever he felt like it.

Calliope Hummingbird

Calliope Hummingbird

Calliope Hummingbird photographed at Grandma’s feeder.

Here are our Nature Journal entries.

Rufous Hummingbird -- by Zippy age 9

Zippy’s (age 9) nature journal drawing of the Rufous Hummingbird.

Rufous Hummingbird -- by JDBoy age 6

JD Boy’s (age 6) nature journal coloring of a Rufous Hummingbird. From the Cornell Bird Coloring Book.

4 thoughts on “Hummingbirds

  • May 5, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    We enjoy watching hummingbirds too. It is amazing how aggressive they are about their feeders and territory. We have some that defend one feeder in particular and if you happen to get too close, they will hum right by your head. I always think they are going to poke me with their beaks they come so close but they always pull away at the last minute.

    Great photos and journals again in this entry.

    Barb-Harmony Art Mom

  • May 5, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    I love the hummingbird pix. I took some myself just yesterday, but the lighting was not so good. You got some awesome pix. I love the journal entries. Such good artists.

  • May 5, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Once again just beautiful pics! You kids are little artists!


  • May 7, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Those are fantastic shots and a fantastic drawing by Zippy. Hummingbirds are amazing. I like them!

    Those other birds (that you aren't mentioning), I'm certain have changed in ways that aren't so great because of the fall. And, you know…what's up with misquitoes – I'm certain something changed with them too. You go to an absolute paradise and there is that one little nagging thing there.


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