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Gracious Anthracite @anthracite
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Holy shit I just saw a hummingbird hovering around my bird feeder. It was not interested in it due to the lack of sugar water but that was really not a thing I expected to ever see in the middle of the goddamn city, especially around *fall*.

Guess I get to decide if I want to put out a feeder for them now.

@anthracite they are all over here and only one species migrates! If you hear a loud squeaky noise like someone opening and closing a door with a crappy hinge over and over, that’s a hummingbird singing its heart out.

@nein09 @anthracite

Seconded. Anna's Hummingbird lives in Seattle year round. They're super common, even where it seems like it would be inhospitable for a dinosaur that acts like a tiny bug. I never used to see them, until I learned how to look for them. They're an especially badass species of hummingbird, too: death-defying mating dance!

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna's

@nein09 @anthracite

I always thought it sounded like a tiny hurdy-gurdy played at rock concert volume. A squeaky door is also a completely accurate description of it, too, though.

@anthracite yah, hummingbirds are year-round in this area, mostly due to people putting out feeders and having year-round flowers. ;) it's a definite cause/effect spiral--hummingbirds don't migrate (or hibernate! some do that!) in urban areas, because it's warmer and people notice the hummingbirds and put out feeders (and sometimes warmers), so the birds don't migrate...

that said, I really need to clean out my feeder and keep it stocked this fall/winter. XD

@troodon

Oh thanks, I was thinking I should research that before putting one out for birds that were about to migrate or something!