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Last year or sometime earlier this year, someone posted about a brave hummer that wasn't so lucky.  It was at a new pond they had in the backyard; a Green Heron had discovered it fairly quickly and was standing quietly on the shore surveying the prospects.  A female hummer saw this strange looking creature which it was surmised she had never encountered in her life and flew up to it and hovered in front of its bill, trying to figure out what it was.  After about three rounds of this behavior, the heron darted its neck out, rapidly opened then snapped its bill closed and was last seen flying off with the hummer in its mouth.
 
Apologies to the MOBIRDS poster for recycling the story and any inaccuracies that were committed.
 
Jackie Chain
St Louis County
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--- On Mon, 8/31/09, Pat Lueders <[log in to unmask]> wrote:


From: Pat Lueders <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Barred Owl at TGP
To: [log in to unmask]
Date: Monday, August 31, 2009, 9:22 AM



Sunday while birding around the bubbler, we had a Barred Owl fly in right above it.  Joining in mobbing the owl with the Blue Jays was a Ruby-throated Hummingbird.  She would fly right up to the owls' face and hover there.  They are very brave!  (I also still have a male and 2-3 females/juveniles coming to the feeders.)  A few warblers were still around:
 
Black & White
Yellow-throated
Blackburnian
Chestnut-sided
Red Start
Black-throated Green
Blue-winged
 
Pat Lueders, Webster Groves, MO
 



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