July 06-05

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Hovering hummer    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Suzanne Lunn
Dangling dragonfly    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Lyn Rayrat

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 - 04:02 am:

The winged creatures you hear the most about UP North in the Keweenaw, are usually of the insect variety and famous for the nipping they inflict on us human beings! Today's winged wonders are truly something to marvel at. Although not of the biting distinction, they are quite the spectacle to capture on film. Suzanne Lunn caught this ruby throated hummingbird seemingly suspended in mid air, ready to drink of the nectar placed out to attract her. Those wings move so fast, even the shutter couldn't keep them from being a blur.

I won't even venture to take a guess at what species of dragonfly Lyn Rayrat spied in her viewfinder, since there are 5000 known kinds. I do know, that as a youngster we used to call them 'devil's darning needles' and were afraid they'd sting us, when in reality, they're harmless to us mere mortals. Amazing detail in those delicate wings!

By Mr Bill on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 - 05:52 am:

Whoa, two days in a row!

By Laurium , MI.resident on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 - 06:56 am:

Brrrrr! You need a jacket this morning for sure. Lovely weather for sleeping though . I've seen both of the winged creatures pictured today many times lately while out cutting the grass . I wear a red ball cap and more than once I have heard the beat of a humming bird's wings above my head, looking for nectar I guess. Such amazing beauty God has bestowed upon us!

By sur5er on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 - 07:28 am:

I second Mr. Bill's vote for wow! Great pics Sharon and Lyn. At home in Michigan, I remember sitting on the porch in the evenings and catching a glimpse of the humming birds...they are truly amazing birds because of their tiny sizes.

By Missin the UP from NJ on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 - 07:37 am:

Beautiful pictures. Hummingbirds are remarkable creatures. I think they fly really long distances when they migrate. I can't imagine it! Thanks for the close-ups! We always thought Dragonflys looked like little helicopters!

By Phyllis, Wisconsin on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 - 07:52 am:

My Aunt has a Hummingbird nesting near a bedroom window for the second time in a row. I guess it is a pretty cool thing to watch then make their nest. It is also very hard to find or happen to see a Hummingbirds nest. They say you are lucky if you see one.

By Sarah, Central WI on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 - 08:25 am:

Love the pictures, especially the dragonfly! Thanks!!

By paa, mn on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 - 09:10 am:

The dragonfly looks like a Widow Skimmer.

The hummingbird is interesting. It has that white line going from the eye down the side of its neck and almost no white above its eye. Is it a juvenile RT hummer? Are the young out this year yet?

By Kate, CA on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 - 09:46 am:

I have a hummingbird poster and the above looks like a female ruby throated hummingbird. Only the male has the ruby throat and they are found in the eastern half of the U.S. from the plains to the coast. I've been called alot of things but an ornithologist isn't one of them!

By paa, mn on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 - 10:41 am:

Ya, it definately is a female or juvenile hummingbird - none of my pictures of the RT female have that white line from the eye to the neck (although that could be something with the picture or angle...)

Almost all of the male hummers are more colored/beautiful than the females (unlike humans).

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 - 10:49 am:

We don't get many out here.You have to have certain kinds of plants (and take care of them) to get the hummers. But you can go to the mountains and get them easily.

By Ms. Katie on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 - 11:02 am:

Where we winter in Texas, Rockport, is a big hummer area. In September they have a Hummingbird Festival and feed thousands as they migrate south. I'm not sure to where south. And my email address is partly "dragonfly" whom I've always loved. One summer in the ninties we had clouds of dragonflies hanging around our swimming pool. It was awesome to behold!

By lmr in hancock on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 - 11:14 am:

This past March, we had the oportunity to be in Arizona where there are 15 kinds of hummingbirds that nest in Madera Canyon. Many came to our neighbor's feeders and also, every morning, they waited for the neighbor guy to put his birdbath going. It was on umbrella with water coming from the top and the hummingbirds would lay in the water. Sure was neat to see and of course we could never get a picture of it. Also saw a nest in the Suquaro Nat'l park in the hummingbird enclosure. The wonders of nature.

By Gary Singer Missouri on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 - 12:39 pm:

Just got back from the U.P. Great trip.I'm looking for Copper ingots from the Pawamic ship wreck or other older ingots. 314 878 1594.

By tom t c mich on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 - 01:17 pm:


By Gary, CO on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 - 02:06 pm:

We've got a couple of different kinds of hummers here in Colorado. Laurium Resident above has it right. Beware if you go out wearing a red hat. They will pull right up suddenly and hoover in front of your face, scaring the sap right out of you!!

By Robin in Ohio on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 - 06:17 pm:

Anyone know if Dragonfly's sting or bite. One summer trip to the U.P were were driving up Brockway Mt. Drive when we drove through a whole swarm of these things just like in todays pic. There were several that got in the car and my brother started screaming he had been stung.We all thought he was just scared because they were big and there were so many of them but. He had a huge welt on on him.It was a scary thing there were so many of them.Ive caught and held dragonflys before and never been bitten or stung so it really suprised us.

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura on Wednesday, July 6, 2005 - 07:52 pm:

We're coming UP tomorrow in time for the L'anse Waterfront Concert (Wolfgang at 7:00). We're on the eastern shore of Keweenaw Bay and the hummingbirds go from house to house down the line. One of the first things I do when I get there is fill the hummingbird and other feeders.

By Michigan on Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 07:35 pm:

Great pictures - coming up to Baraga - Saturday...Can't wait!!

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