Bathtime in Mazatlan

March 18, 2009

Our patios are quite the playground for the local flock of hummingbirds. We feed them at a feeder, supply them with pretty flowers to sip from, and provide them with an all-important bathtub.

Our climate is very dry for most of the year, and a bird can have quite a challenge finding water to bathe in that is safe from predators. Our fountain is very well used – and in the morning if we don’t turn it on quickly enough there will be hummers hovering and buzzing to let us know we forgot.

By the way, there are two main types of hummingbirds that visit, one is the very small green one like is in most of the video, and a cinnamon hummingbird, who was in the last part of the video in the rain. The cinnamon hummingbird is quite large. There are quite a number of small green ones in my bird book and I haven’t identified ours yet.

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I'm Nancy, a US expat living in San Antonio Tlayacapan, Jalisco after 11 years in Mazatlán, México.

6 Comments
    1. Turned on the volume to watch the vid. Big mistake. Had to run to take a pee before I could comment! Must be just fantastic to sit out on that patio with the fountain, the sunshine, the beautiful plants and the wildlife.

    1. I love it when you put little videos in your blog. This one was especially good. It must be so much fun to spend time on your patio. Thanks for sharing.

      Mic

    1. IslaGringo, You crack me up! But I guess I should have warned you to turn the speakers down!

      Steve, If we have hummers I imagine you will in Melaque. Feeders are hard to find here, though, so if you want one you might bring one with you.

      Mic, Thanks so much for your comment. I am having fun using iMovie on my mac so I can put together several short bits. (I am collecting video for another one that is going to be funny, by the way!)

      John, Thanks!

    1. Fountains and misters are great sources of waater for hummingbirds. They not only serve as a bathing souce for the birds but it is also a way to entice them to remain around a bit longer then they might otherwise. We had a fountain in my mom and dad’s yard and it was always very enjoyable and entertaining to watch the hummingbirds.

      Thanks for sharing the video. It was quite entertaining!

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