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Vancouver Island BC., Canada
Welcome to the place where I exercise my right to be commentator, advocate, or as some might see it, babbler. What ever your take is, this is where I can take what I have seen and try to make sense by writing it out. Take the ride or don't but I hope something here will resonate with someone out there. My take on humanity right now? We aren't getting it right, but I like to think that given a second chance, we could all get it right. If you do venture into my ramblings I hope you can stay a minute and read two of my posts. They are "Innocence Lost, A Challenge Gained" and "The Hollywood Glandslide" I am a journalism student but please don't read these with a critical eye. I have not stopped to punctuate correctly, nor have I "essayified" them. These are written when the thoughts strike me, and therefore I do not want to "pretty them up." I wanted to catch my thoughts as they came and then later on go back and read them to see if my ideas change over time. Please feel free to comment, this may have a bearing on whether or not my ideas do change. And change... if for the better, is always a step in the right direction.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Hummingbirds 2007 Unbelievable!

This is a great video, I didn't take it, obviously by the title. :)
But what amazed me this year is finding out that The Anna's Hummingbird is here year round where I live on Vancouver Island. I was worried about the poor little things during an especially brutal snowstorm we just had but there they were flitting around safe and sound the very next day. Sweet little birds, they are, and tame as skittish kittens. Some people think putting up a feeder this far north will keep the hummingbirds from migrating south, but that is not the case anymore, although humans are to blame for the Anna's Hummingbird species being here at all. The Rufus species, a smaller bird than the Anna's will still migrate south and putting up a feeder won't prevent that, but the Anna's are now year round residents. Fifty to sixty years ago the Anna's Hummingbird were only found as far north as California but due to human intervention (feeders) they now are here much further north year round. So if you live on Van Isle or further north up the coast from California don't worry about putting out a feeder in winter, you aren't keeping them around, but you may just be saving their little lives. I guess it is possible that putting up the feeders will have the same impact on the Rufus species as it did on the Anna's when it comes to disuading them from migrating, but as they are a smaller species I doubt they would have the fortitude to withstand even the milder winters here, but I am not an expert on the subject so don't take my word for it, if you have questions please contact an ornithologist and they will have all the answers you need. Have fun watching and soon I will be posting some of my own pictures of our backyard hummingbirds. They are pictures I took about a week ago. Take care out there.