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Silly Sunday Post: Hummingbird Gets Framed

Framed hummingbird

Summer's winding down, even here in Tucson. Everything's looking a little greener than it does in the dog days of August.  The monsoon rains help with that.

I took a potted plant out of this hanging frame to work on it, and forgot to put it back.  Looking out the window, I saw that we had a new tenant.  This male Anna's Hummingbird decided that he'd take up residence.  He usually roosts near the feeder, which is out of sight to the right of the photo.

Silhouetted against the green of my back yard, he looks like he's part of the steel frame, doesn't he?


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Comment balloon 29 commentsMike Jones • September 13 2009 06:10PM


That is a very cool photo. I missed the Hummngbird the first time. He's in stealth mode I guess.

Posted by Tom Schoenbeck (Keller Williams Realty at the Beach) over 11 years ago

Hey, Mike, great picture and thanks for the nice comment.

Posted by Bill Ladewig, Experience Is Your Advantage (LoanOfficerSchool.com) over 11 years ago


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Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike ~ Cool photo. I guess I learned something today. I didn't think hummingbirds could stand...Or is this type an exception to the rule?



Posted by Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices (Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268) over 11 years ago

Nice one, Mike.  I have seen hummingbirds hold still, never long enough for a photo - you got lucky. 

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike.  I've never seen a humming bird that wasn't in flight.  Good to know that they do rest at times.

Posted by Richard Dolbeare, R(B), R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

that yard is just too cool....looks like something out of a magazine!

tina in Virginia

Posted by Tina Merritt, Virginia Real Estate (Nest Realty) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike

Looks like the hummingbird was waiting for your to take the photo.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 11 years ago

I love to watch the hummingbirds battle it out over the feeders. They are really aggressive.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 11 years ago

Mike what a great shot. Now we want more close ups since you said he lives there:)

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 11 years ago

And it looks to me like he's one honkin' BIG hummingbird, too....

Posted by Cheryl Johnson over 11 years ago

Mike, He does look like he is part of the frame.  Our hummingbirds will be leaving soon but we have a few still hanging around.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike,

Neat photo, is that your back yard? Beautiful.

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) over 11 years ago


That's my back yard, or part of it.  I took the photo through the great room window.


We have 'em year round, although some species do migrate.


He is!


I'll see what I can do.


They really are agressive!  Sometimes they're downright nasty to each other, but they're so beautiful that we just don't care.


It does look like he was posing, doesn't it?


Our whole community, Tucson Estates II, is like something out of a magazine.  We're surrounded by Tucson Mountain Park, which abuts Saguaro National Park, and the topography of the two is indistinguishable.  We love it here.


I hear that they even sleep from time to time.  LOL


Yes I did!


Hummingbirds can perch ~ their feet work fine.  They can't walk, though.  I'm thinking that's what you meant.

Bill A,

Wait till you see what I got on "film" today!  It's gonna rock you.

Bill L,

You're welcome!  Thanks for commenting.


Thanks for being the first to comment!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

He really does, Mike.

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Platinum Realty) over 11 years ago

P.S.  I love your garden!

And that started a train of thought; I would love to have a Palo Verde tree here... it should grow fine in L.A.'s semi desert climate .... it's odd that you don't see them in nurseries here .....  Gonna start Googling and see what's up with that..

Posted by Cheryl Johnson over 11 years ago

You have big hummingbirds there, and of course very interesting cacti.

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing over 11 years ago


Hi Mike:

You're title had me wondering...

Very clever!

Beautiful photo. as always!

Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) over 11 years ago

Mike - he does look like he's just welded to that frame!  LOL  We have a bunch of Ruby Throated Hummies here and they are so much fun to watch as they try to lay claim to the feeder and chase others away.  And those little devils make a lot of noise!  Those wings are amazing!

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) over 11 years ago


Doesn't he?!  Hummers are the most amazing little gems.


Thanks for coming by; I hope that noreaster last week didn't hit you too hard.


We do, and this isn't the biggest.  The largest hummingbird in Arizona is eight inches long.


Thanks for saying so.  The Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum has its own variety of Palo Verde.  No doubt you're a member; check it out through their website.


It's the coolest thing!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Mike - perfectly framed ... we have one here we call bird on a wire as his favorite perch is high up on the hydro wires.

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) over 11 years ago


This is a rarity seeing that they don't normally lite long enough to get a photo of them.  It could be the talent of the photographer that helps in getting such a good pic.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 11 years ago


He didn't stay there long.


I'd like to see that.  Thanks for commenting.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

What luck he held still.  Birds usually take flight . 

Posted by Carol Judd, Vernal Utah Real Estate (New Star Real Estate) over 11 years ago


I was inside the glass, and he was outside.  Still he was watching me through the window.  See you on your blog.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

When I lived in the mountains, we had dozens of hummingbirds that would feed from our deck. Oh, how I miss their beauty and unique sounds. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Emelyn Morris-Sayre, CRS, REALTOR, Lakewood/Denver 303-517-5116 (The Berkshire Group) over 11 years ago

I need a hummingbird frame like that! I grow aloe's near my windows because the hummingbirds love the red tubular flowers. Now if I can just get everything set up to get a good picture of one of them sometime....

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) over 11 years ago

Humming Birds are on the list of things I could sit and watch for hours and hours.  The are fascinating! 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) about 11 years ago


I think there are 25 species found in North America.  Of these, 22 are found in a beautiful place called Madera Canyon, just off I-19 south of Tucson.


Hummers love Aloe!  Our neighbor has some in the yard, and it always attracts the little guys.


You're most welcome!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago

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