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Hummingbirds August 16, 2009

Posted by Michael in Man Laws, Personal Experiences.

I have some good news.

About one month ago, we (Cathy did the work) put out a hummingbird feeder. No action, but you have to be patient with these things and keep changing the fluid and give it some time.

In just the last couple of days, we started getting hits from hummingbirds.

Aw, so cute . . .

Aw, so cute . . .

Now, you may think this is all cutesy to see hummingbirds at a feeder, but you would be wrong.

They are mean, aggressive, territorial little bastards. It’s like Fight Club in the air. A dominant bird will try to control the feeder and chase other birds off. While he is doing that, secondary birds sneak in and feed, then the dominant bird returns and attacks them.

Good times.

Makes me feel like the environment at my office is not really so bad.


1. TattooedIntellectual - August 16, 2009
2. Mac - August 16, 2009
3. Mrs. Peel - August 16, 2009

Funny how the cutest animals always seem to be the ones who will fuck your shit up. (*cough*dolphins*cough*)

4. Vmaximus - August 16, 2009

Have you tried to take pics of the H-birds?
They are quite hard to shoot. If you use a flash and can control the duration of the flash you can get really good pics of them. I am trying but have failed. One day I will succeed and post pics. I almost got a good butterfly pic but Zeke chased it off!

5. lauraw - August 16, 2009

I grow plants for them in the yard. The bee balm and cardinal lobelia are their faves. Love watching their dogfights.

6. Vmaximus - August 16, 2009

use a flash above 1/10,000 of a second if you can. If you can adjust the duration cut it down to 1/32 power that should bring the speed of the flash up to over 1/10,000 of a second. The shutter may be 1/60th but the flash will freeze it

7. Russ from Winterset - August 16, 2009

Hummingbirds are cool, but we’re all about the finches here at Castle Russ. That and the badass biker robin that lives in the flowering crabapple tree in the front yard. I’ve seen him chase squirrels off in terretorial disputes during nest building season, and I imagine that he’d probably fuck up your average housecat too.

OK, maybe not a barn cat, but your average wussified town-living housecat? No match for this guy.

8. MCPO Airdale - August 16, 2009

Laura – They seem to like our 4 O’clocks too.

9. Spudder the Feral Barn Cat - August 17, 2009

OK, maybe not a barn cat, but your average wussified town-living housecat? No match for this guy.

Bring it, Suckah.

10. pyrrhura molinea - August 17, 2009

I’m not able to see any hummingbirds :’) I’m from Belgium and here there aren’t any hummingbirds

11. kevlarchick - August 17, 2009

I didn’t get my feeder up this year and I miss the little buggers. In August we also get a plague of horseflies, of which I have a bad phobia.

Hummingbirds truly do hum, and sound remarkably like very large horseflies. I’m a wreck.

12. Michael - August 17, 2009

Horseflies scare me too.

13. Car in - August 17, 2009

My hummingbird feeder broke, but I get them around a lot of my flowers. And they are mean little bastards. Good thing they’re so amazing to watch.

I get a lot of cool birds by me. Tons of finches -although my feeder is second fiddle to all the wild stuff they can get.

14. Joey Buzz - August 17, 2009

Flyhorses, are even scarier…

15. lauraw - August 17, 2009

We saw a black horsefly banging around outside the porch window the other night that was horrifying. Size of my thumb.

Going tick, tick, smack, smack, buzzz against the glass. Trying to get in.

16. Russ from Winterset - August 17, 2009

Horseflies are mildly terrifying, but nowhere near as armour-soilingly fear inducing as seahorses.

17. kevlarchick - August 17, 2009

Since there are no horses in my neighborhood, they seek human sweat instead. And my poor dog is also traumatized. Those nasty things BITE.

I am so happy to see bats in the evening, swooping in for those horsefly bitches.

18. Vmaximus - August 17, 2009

When I lived in New Hampshire they had “Black Flies” Those things were evil. I will take the bird size mosquitoes here in the swamps of Fl any day over flies

Snickers at Russ sea horse.

If they scare you bud wait till you see a pipe fish they are like a sea horse crossed with a snake

19. geoff - August 17, 2009

This is why I like CA and CO – a few houseflies, a few skeeters, some spiders – that’s about it. Nothing like those hovering deathbug horsefly critters. (I’m sure we have horseflies, but you never see them in residentia).

20. skinbad - August 17, 2009

We’ve had hummingbird feeders out from time to time and enjoyed them. The last time we tried it the feeder attracted hornets by the hundreds. Haven’t put it out since.

21. lauraw - August 17, 2009

Those nasty things BITE.

The big black ones actually have razor-like mouthparts that they use to SLICE through the skin of cattle and horses before they suck up blood.

*shudder* BRRR

Seahorses are sweet and friendly fish.
AOSHQ endorses seahorses. You don’t have to fall in love, but you do have to fall in line.

22. Russ from Winterset - August 17, 2009



23. Russ from Winterset - August 17, 2009

*reconsiders and moderates position*


24. lauraw - May 22, 2010

How long has this one been in Top Posts? Weird.

25. Dave in Texas - May 22, 2010


26. Cathy - May 22, 2010

Put up our hummingbird feeder a few days ago.

No takers… yet.

27. Michael - May 22, 2010

Huh. This is new. If you go to Google Images and search for “hummingbird,” we are the #2 result.

28. lauraw - May 22, 2010

So now would be a bad time to announce that hummingbirds are delicious, 25 of them make a damn fine pie, and I have invented a device that vacuums them out of the air above my flowerbeds, plucks and debeaks them, and drops them into a prepared pastry shell?

29. lauraw - May 22, 2010

Hummingbird Kebabs

30 whole bone-in hummingbirds, cleaned & lightly salted
5 bell peppers, cut into chunks
2 yellow onions, cut into chunks
4 zucchini, chunked
black pepper
hungarian paprika
ground cumin
worcestershire sauce
olive oil

Cut the second wing joints of each bird and discard tips. There’s no meat on there and they will only catch fire on the grill.

Place the hummingbirds and chopped veggies in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle with seasonings, sauce, and oil, and then turn the contents of the bowl to coat evenly.

Thread the hummingbirds and veggies alternately on long metal skewers, taking care to spike the birds through the thickest part of the body so they don’t fall off during cooking.

Grill the hummingbird kebabs slowly over medium-low heat for fifteen minutes, turning often, until the vegetables are softened and the hummingbird’s juices run clear when tested with a fork.

30. Michael - May 22, 2010

That recipe is just ridekulos. There is not even one good mouthful of meat on a hummingbird. Your neighbor’s dog would make a better meal, especially if you use the right jalapeno pepper rub from Jerry Baird.

Trust me.

31. lauraw - May 22, 2010

There is not even one good mouthful of meat on a hummingbird.

That’s why you need lots and lots of them.

Plant more bee balm.

32. Michael's Neighbor - May 22, 2010

Your neighbor’s dog would make a better meal,

I sprayed RoundUp on your Banana Trees.

33. Sobek - May 22, 2010

Adorable Baby Seal and Apricot Tagine

1 Adorable Baby Seal – cleaned, with the big, sad blue eyes in
4 T olive oil
2 large onions
2 T raisins
1 T cinnamon
1 T coriander powder
1/2 C slivered almonds
1 pinch saffron
1/3 C dried apricots
salt and pepper to taste

Brown adorable baby seal in a very large tagine pan with olive oil. Remove adorable baby seal and set aside, leaving oil and juices in the pan.

Dice onions and brown in tagine pan. Add adorable baby seal , including the big, sad blue eyes. Add raisins, slivered almonds, cinnamon, coriander and saffron. Add enough water to cover adorable baby seal up to big, sad blue eyes, cover tagine and simmer on low heat for one hour.

Five minutes before adorable baby seal is done, add apricots. When adorable baby seal juices run clear when pierced, remove it, add salt and pepper to taste, and boil down remaining juices. Serve hot with Moroccan couscous and garnish with cilantro sprigs. Laugh heartily at your evil deeds.

34. Cathy - May 22, 2010

Adorable Baby Seal and Apricot Tagine

What!? No mint???

35. lauraw - May 22, 2010

Sobek, that recipe looks great. It’s not clear to me though- is that adorable baby seal peeled first?

I never know if you’re supposed to eat the peel.


36. Cathy - May 22, 2010

I think you need to peel the seal.

37. lauraw - May 22, 2010

Peel the seal? So that’s the deal?

38. lauraw - May 22, 2010

An unpeeled seal makes a poor meal, is what I hear you saying.

39. Cathy - May 22, 2010

For real.

Except they squeal.

40. Cathy - May 22, 2010

…but that’s part of the appeal.

41. Sobek - May 22, 2010

If you don’t peel the seal it might congeal.

42. Cathy - May 22, 2010

Substituting eel and you won’t need to peel…

…I think that’s the deal.

43. lauraw - May 22, 2010

Well we don’t want that.

44. Sobek - May 22, 2010

Peeling an eel? Eww … how would that feel?

This blog is officially Sesame Street.

45. lauraw - May 22, 2010


46. Cathy - May 22, 2010

This blog is officially Sesame Street.

… or Dr. Seuss.

47. Former Pixies Bass Player Kim Deal - May 22, 2010

I got nothin.

48. Jessica Biel - May 22, 2010


49. English soul and R&B singer/songwriter Seal - May 22, 2010

This blog will be hearing from my lawyer.

50. Brooke Shiel(ds) - May 22, 2010

I know it’s a stretch, but it’s not like I have anything else going on.

51. Michael Steele - May 22, 2010

This poat needs a Hip Hop makeover

52. Ariel - May 22, 2010

Mermaids and other marine life take offense at this kinda talk.

53. Sobek - May 22, 2010

Coming soon: my famous recipe for mermaid flambé.

54. Ariel - May 22, 2010

Mermaid flambé?

You don’t say.

55. d3ft punk - May 22, 2010

Of all the times for Mrs. PEEL not to be around…

56. Sobek - May 23, 2010

Those hummingbirds have a surprising little crunch, don’t they? I like it.

57. Zod - May 24, 2010

All you jokesters get down and KNEEL!

58. lauraw - May 24, 2010

Hummingbirds that have been harvested after feeding on honeysuckle nectar are particularly flavorful.

59. Russ from Winterset - June 18, 2010

That seal recipe looks good. Usually, I just have them they way I get them from the fur harvesters…..battered.

60. lauraw - July 25, 2010

I have a pot of Cardinal Lobelia by the pond and sat there today watching a hummingbird run through all the blossoms.

I happened to rock my foot a little while I was watching and she came over to check me out. Pretty cute. She got really close. They are such curious little creatures.


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