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Title: Hummingbirds again
Post by: badknees on July 11, 2016, 05:35:52 PM
Cookie's post from Boot Spring reminded me that the Davis Mountain Hummingbird webcam is up again. For those who are interested go here

http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/50/West_Texas_Hummingbirds/
Title: Re: Hummingbirds again
Post by: Andreas on July 11, 2016, 05:55:32 PM
thx for the link, badknees, I never get tired of watching these astonishing birds. High image quality, too.
Title: Re: Hummingbirds again
Post by: alan in shreveport on July 11, 2016, 09:14:58 PM
Thanks badknees, I'd forgotten about it.  Until Cookies video I'd never seen a hummer take a bath, but I guess "why not ? "
Title: Re: Hummingbirds again
Post by: badknees on April 20, 2017, 05:00:44 PM
The cam started back up today.

http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/50/West_Texas_Hummingbirds/

As a side note I kept my feeders up all winter this year and had occasional visits from Rufous and Black chinned hummers.

I am currently getting daily visits from some Ruby-throated
Title: Re: Hummingbirds again
Post by: rocketman on April 20, 2017, 07:58:18 PM
My son participated in a hummingbird capture and tag activity at Brazos Bend State Park a few years ago. It was cool to see them up close. Amazing critters!
Title: Re: Hummingbirds again
Post by: badknees on May 15, 2018, 02:53:56 PM
The camera is back up for the season

http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/50/West_Texas_Hummingbirds/
Title: Re: Hummingbirds again
Post by: badknees on July 18, 2018, 12:52:27 PM
Uncommon visitor to the feeders - Calliope hummer - smallest in the US

(on the right)
https://youtu.be/GLLC44V1Xcc
Title: Re: Hummingbirds again
Post by: catz on July 18, 2018, 03:39:28 PM

Cute little boogers.  :icon_biggrin:
Title: Re: Hummingbirds again
Post by: Robert on July 18, 2018, 06:06:30 PM
Thanks for the update on the Calliopes. I've never seen marking like those before. Way cool.

Couple of weeks ago I put out a couple of feeders at my house that were gathering dust and get a regular stream of visitors. Stood very still next to one of the feeders and several were brave enough to come in and feed. I'm always entertained by hummers.
Title: Re: Hummingbirds again
Post by: badknees on July 18, 2018, 10:18:04 PM
Thanks for the update on the Calliopes. I've never seen marking like those before. Way cool.

Couple of weeks ago I put out a couple of feeders at my house that were gathering dust and get a regular stream of visitors. Stood very still next to one of the feeders and several were brave enough to come in and feed. I'm always entertained by hummers.
Keep them clean and filled. I keep my feeders up all year. I get winter visitors regularly.
Title: Re: Hummingbirds again
Post by: alan in shreveport on July 19, 2018, 07:26:15 PM
That Calliope is a beauty. I've never seen one "live".
Title: Re: Hummingbirds again
Post by: badknees on August 03, 2018, 02:14:36 PM
This is unusual...

A Lucifer X Black chinned Hummingbird Hybrid... (https://twitter.com/TexasHummers/status/1025199802068467712/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5E643447750433091584&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fcams.allaboutbirds.org%2Fchannel%2F50%2FWest_Texas_Hummingbirds%2F) - From the Davis mountains

Looks mostly Black chinned, but the very large purple gorget came from the Lucifer.
Title: Re: Hummingbirds again
Post by: badknees on August 07, 2018, 07:20:31 AM
Here's another....Blue Throated Hummer. An iconic Big Bend species.

(a Calliope on the right too)

Title: Re: Hummingbirds again
Post by: RichardM on August 07, 2018, 10:55:25 AM
Looks like one of the hummers is a Longhorn fan!
:hookem: :longhorn: :oflag:
Title: Re: Hummingbirds again
Post by: badknees on August 10, 2018, 02:24:08 PM
Good portrait of a Lucifer HB. Another iconic Big Bend species.

Note the de-curved bill



Title: Re: Hummingbirds again
Post by: badknees on August 11, 2018, 08:09:31 AM
Another hybrid - Broad tailed x Lucifer

Title: Re: Hummingbirds again
Post by: ggowins on August 17, 2018, 12:14:00 PM
I love the little building at Davis Mtn State Park!  There are always a lot of birds hanging around.

I got to learn a lot about the hummingbirds in Big Bend from my high school biology teacher.  He spent a lot of time in Big Bend observing the hummingbirds and how they interacted with the flowering of century plants, and wrote several papers on the subject.  I believe one of them was his doctoral dissertation.

Might be a bit dry reading :)

https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/condor/v082n02/p0180-p0185.pdf

Title: Re: Hummingbirds again
Post by: RichardM on August 17, 2018, 02:48:36 PM
I've spent too much time today watching the hummers jockey for position with the bees.
Title: Re: Hummingbirds again
Post by: badknees on August 17, 2018, 06:40:30 PM
I've spent too much time today watching the hummers jockey for position with the bees.

There have been a lot of bees lately. The hummers don't seem too afraid, but show some respect (or annoyance) for them.