[Tweeters] Anna's Hummingbird & my hair !

plkoyama at comcast.net plkoyama at comcast.net
Mon Jun 19 11:45:15 PDT 2017


Barb,

I can't say why it was attracted to you, but when David and I were in Portal
AZ in April, we were at Bob Rodriguez's place (formerly Dave Jaspers') for
the Streak-backed Oriole. When he was walking us to the bird feeding area,
a Broad-billed Hummingbird flew up to him and proceeded to probe his nostril
with its bill. He stood right there and let the bird go at it. He didn't
seem shocked, but we were, so much so that we didn't ask him anything about
it!! His nose was not red and it did not seem to have nesting material!

Penny Koyama, Bothell
plkoyama at comcast dot net

-----Original Message-----
From: Barbara Deihl
Sent: Monday, June 19, 2017 2:08 AM
To: Tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: [Tweeters] Anna's Hummingbird & my hair !

Yesterday morning as I was looking around the yard for the source of the
honey-sweet scent, a hummingbird drew me to it - a honeysuckle winding
through a Japanese maple! The moment I arrived at the location of the
flowers, out popped a hummer, heading toward my head. How did it know I was
as intent on sipping on those little tubules as it was ? ! Was it trying to
compete with me, OR, was it, as once happened a few years ago, attempting to
gather up some of the soft, white wisps of my hair, to line a nest ? Or
...?
Anyone else have this sort of encounter with one of the little spitfires?
I'd love to hear any tales or thoughts on the whys of it's attraction to
me - and no, I had not applied any flowery scent to myself .
I can't wait to try this again this morning - such a delicious and
delightful immersion into an almost-summer morning :-)

Barb Deihl
Matthews Beach Neighborhood - NE Seattle
barbdeihl at comcast.net

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