[Tweeters] Help with Anna's Hummingbird Beavior

Deborah West olyclarinet at gmail.com
Tue Dec 7 07:56:36 PST 2021

This morning when I went outside to put up my rain gauge, I turned on the patio light and a hummingbird started circling the light in rapid circles. The only way to get it to stop was to reach in and turn off the patio light. (I did not go back in because I still had to hang up the rain gauge.) The hummingbird then started flying against the inside window in the lighted room which I wanted to enter. The only way to get it to stop was to turn off that light which required me to phone my husband to do so since I was concerned the bird with fly right in. It then stopped flying and perched on the window ledge for several minutes before flying off. Oh yes, that required a second call to my husband to unlock the front door so I could go in that way and—interestingly—I met another hummingbird near the front door but that is not unusual because the perennial fuchsias are still blooming.

So what was all this about? We have had this happen before though I haven’t been trapped by it. Did my wearing a red sweatshirt have anything to do with it? My husband said it did circle my head for a few seconds.

(I go out every day at 7:00 am to measure the precipitation and learned two things from this adventure: always bring my phone so I have a way of attracting my husband’s attention and make sure I am decently dressed in case I have to go around to the front door.)


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