guess i don't feel so bad about my cats taking a bird or two
Bloom where you are planted.
posted 10 years ago
especially strange since hummingbirds are known to attack eagles
posted 10 years ago
This photo totally blew my mind when I saw it in the magazine. I searched for it online & also found youtube vids of similar occurrences. On the basis of hummingbirds that I've seen, I think the bird in the picture is immature. That would explain it's size (& I agree, it doesn't look like a very big mantis) and the spots on the bird's throat plumage. Also, the beak looks kinda short to me, another indicator of a youngish bird. It looks like a young Rufous Hummingbird.
I've heard that young hummingbirds will tire themselves out & fall asleep at a feeder. Something similar happened at my feeder, but I think our young bird was torpid from a drop in temperature, more so than anything else. It was such a bizarre thing. I noticed this tiny hummer sitting on my feeder. I got closer and closer, but it didn't move. I reached up and lifted it right off the feeder. Opened my hand and it flopped on its side, eyes closed. I thought it was dead! Then it just flew off.
I'm not surprised to hear of hummers attacking eagles, birds can be pretty territorial. That reminds me of a visitor we had in my neighborhood a while ago. A great horned owl was sitting on top of some pine trees. There was a great commotion, and we could see at least 3 different species of birds (cardinals, blue jays & mockingbirds) all dive bombing this owl, trying to run him off. He just sat there, like a statue, for about 5 or so minutes. A mockingbird literally flew head on into the owls back; struck it with such force that it stunned itself and plummeted like a stone into the tree branches. Finally the owl found something more interesting to do and flew off. Wild & crazy!
Yeah, but does being a ninja come with a dental plan? And what about this tiny ad?