Weekly Photo Challenge:Opportunity

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This little jewel hit our four seasons room window and knocked his little feathery self senseless. We were glad for the “opportunity” to scoop him up and keep him warm. The temps were very cool. His right birdie foot is hanging on tight. He did manage to get his birdie wits about him and flew to a small branch above the hummer feeders. We hope he recovered and had the “opportunity” to make his migration.

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    1. Thanks Theresa! Your shot of the baby carriage lawn mower is something! I want to do pingbacks but I am either going to have to email and ask you or just experiment. Just do a link in the body of the post and will it automatically format as a pinkback or is there some kind of magic to it? I tried to read on Support and it said just do a link! Thanks for stopping by Theresa!

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      1. Hey Pix! When you are viewing a Webpage, your browser usually has the address of that page displayed at the top somewhere. The address of your post Weekly Photo Challenge: Opportunity is: https://sweetdaysundertheoaks.com/2011/10/22/weekly-photo-challengeopportunity/

        Basically, all I have to do is copy https://sweetdaysundertheoaks.com/2011/10/22/weekly-photo-challengeopportunity/ and paste it into one of my posts to create a link (pingback) to your post. I can format the link (pingback) like Zemanta does or just paste it in my post (usually at the end). Then, via your WordPress dashboard, you can either approve, unapprove, trash, etc. my link (pingback) to your post.

        I’m still learning about Zemanta but here are a couple of helpful links:
        http://www.zemanta.com/blog/tutorial-getting-started-with-zemanta/
        http://www.zemanta.com/faq/support/

        I hope I’ve helped you. If I’ve confused you, please let me know. I’m not very good at explaining technical things.

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        1. Theresa, no you haven’t confused me at all. Thank you for the links. I will read them today. The only thing that confuses me this morning is that I am having to approve this comment from you. WordPress has to know you by now on my blog! For heaven’s sake! I think I have it on the pingbacks and it is easy enough in the body of the post to just link to a few blogs for photo weekly challenge by just saying, “a few more photos to see”.

          Enjoy your Monday!

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  1. Awww, poor little guy! But how cool is it that you got to help him recover. Great photo, Pix, he’s so pretty!
    We’ve had a few birds that must have been flying faster than the speed of sound that have hit our window and knocked themselves into the next life. Poor things, I hate when that happens!
    I’m getting off this computer now and going out to enjoy this beautiful day! Hope you are having a nice weekend, too. The weather is wonderful!

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    1. Oh I know Cheryl! We have never found any dead Hummers on the ground. As far as we know all the ones we have picked up have gotten their feathery little selves together and moved on. Wasn’t it a beautiful MissouREE day today. We were outside all day and just finished watching the Cardinals! Woot! They won!

      Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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    1. Hi Tex! Yep we hate it too. We have reflective leaves on the windows that are specifically suppose to keep birds from striking but it still happens. The little hummers are always getting there long beaks caught in the screens and they have to through it in reverse!!! Thank you for the visit! I can’t stop laughing about your roadrunner. I showed it to my neighbor today πŸ™‚

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    1. I feel sure he made it. It is all of them migrating to the South to Central America to winter that gives me pause for thought. All those little bodies flying that far fighting the elements. Thank you so much for coming by and Isobel thank you so much for subscribing πŸ™‚

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    1. Good Evening Julie! This little guy was from last year, but we had three that we lended a hand to this summer and fall. They all made it and we didn’t have any hit the window and not make it as far as we know. We have small refective leaves on the windows to keep strikes from happening but it doesn’t always work. Nice to see you Julie, thank you for coming by! Just got finished watching our MissouREE Cardinal baseball team beat the Texas Rangers in game 3 of the World Series! WooHoo!

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    1. Good Evening Deanna! I can’t believe I am just getting to these today. We enjoyed the beautiful MissouREE weather today all day and started watching the Cards and now I am starting to answer comments. I wish the Cardinals would just put this game away! I feel sure the little hummer made it. This little one was from last year, but we had three this summer and late fall do the same thing! I am hoping he was a returning guy this summer πŸ™‚

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    1. Hello Jo! Thank you so much for coming by Under the Oaks πŸ™‚ He is a little Ruby-Throated hummingbird. Before our last one left or a migrator straggled thru on 29 Sept. we had between 250 to 300 hummers at our feeders! They are a riot to watch.

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    1. Hi Jake! Thank you so much for visiting Under the Oaks and commenting! We hope all our little hummers made it South for their migration. They have such a hard trip to South America and they are so tiny. We had close to 300 of them at their peak in August!

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    1. Good Morning Sam! CH and I were just talking about that this morning. The weather their little bodies must have to endure and just the fatigue factor is mind boggling. That flight over the Gulf for the Spring and Summer babies. Yikes!

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    1. Good Morning E.C.! We think he went on and recovered. I hope he was one of the returning ones this year, that picture was from last year. We had three this season that hit the windows and all of them went on to recover their birdie wits and fly to a nearby branch. Thank you for visiting here at Under the Oaks and commenting!

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  2. what an amazing photo, it is a rare opportunity to help out a feathered friend. good work.
    thanks for visiting my blog, I don’t know what went wrong, but wordpress sent you to an unused blog. I would really like you to see my post for this photo challenge. Here is the link:
    http://maggiephotgraphy.wordpress.com/2011/10/22/weekly-photo-challenge-opportunity/

    I didn’t want you to miss your opportunity to vote for your favorite caption for the photo

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  3. Oh dear, I hope he’s ok. What a beautiful little guy!

    We used to have problems with birds hitting our windows but now that I’ve put self-adhesive bird silhouettes on them (from the outside!), it doesn’t happen anymore. Apparently, it’s all about breaking the reflective surface. (http://tinyurl.com/6jfada6)

    Lovely photo, though!

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    1. He was from last year and I hope he was one of the hummers that returned this past summer. We had three that we helped this year after knocking themselves senseless. They all came to and flew off. We always hope for the best for them. We have the static leaves for the outside of the windows and they are on almost all our windows. Sometimes the hummers get a little too distracted defending “their” feeder and a strike just happens. I will have to click on your link! Thanks πŸ™‚

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  4. Well done on looking after your colourful charge, It’s amazing when you hold a stunned bird in your hand. Just a ball of feathers for a few minutes then suddenly it’s standing poised on you hand assessing the situation before flying off – (my experience with a Blackbird or two over the years). Lovely shot and a great opportunity to get close to a beautiful creature!

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    1. Thank on the “well done”! Hummers really are tiny little jewels. We have felt very lucky to have been there for several birds when it has been cold or chilly and been able to keep them warm. They really are out of it for about 20 minutes and you are so right about them assessing the situation! You can almost see their little bird brain working!! Thanks you so much for stopping by!

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  5. Oh wow. this is sooooooo amazing. Love it. I am wondering why did I miss this last week? Hehehe. But I’m glad I checked it now. πŸ™‚

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    1. Hello! It was a treat but we hate to see them hit the windows. We have tried everything but they get to zooming around and defending their food source and before they know it they have smacked a window. This little one was lucky and three others over the summer that went on to recover!

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  6. As usual, I am way behind.. but I sure enjoyed catching up with ya, Pix! I *heart* this post immensely. I’ve had a couple hummingbird vs window saves myself. And there is nothing like holding that sweet little birdie and seeing up close and personal, if only for a few minutes. Right?! πŸ™‚ This is a gorgeous photo.. perfect capture (swoon!).

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    1. Hi Tammy! I know, I know! Keeping up with commenting on all our favorite blogs is tough! I been feeling a bit behind myself. Thanks for taking the time to come by and take a peek Tammy. The little hummer recovered and made his migration I am hoping! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours at Flat Creek Farm if I don’t get another chance to holler at you!

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  7. Pix-That is one sweet photo and so tiny! I held a mourning dove in my hand for about a half hour one time before it figured it was unstunned and then finally flew off. My sister was running in the mountains one time and found a bird that she thought was dead, on the side of the road, and since she’s a veterinary illustrator, she put the bird in her pocket (to draw later) and continued her run. Later she was at her computer when all of a sudden, the bird she had forgotten about in her pocket, figured out it was alive and ready to take off and off it went (outdoors, of course). Birds are such amazing things close up. Just beautiful, beautiful things. Even Stella, kind of……. πŸ™‚

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    1. Bird are wonders Maria! I love them. We sit on the porch and watch the Nuthatches, Brown Creepers, all the woodpeckers, all of them and we are amazed at their zest for life. They are so dang busy. I could sit all day and watch them. That is very cool about the bird your sister found. I’m smiling that it made it. She’s an illustrator!!!!!!!!!!!!! Stellafullahella-she may be baaaaaaaaaaaad but she is beautiful πŸ™‚ It was awesome holding that little hummer, we have held a few more since then and that little tongue of his was something!

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    2. That’s an awesome story! I love birds, they are such incredible little creatures. πŸ™‚ And that is so cool that your sister is a veterinary illustrator.

      My grandfather had a similar story about a bat. He found it in the kitchen, thought it was dead, wrapped it up in a bag to take out to the trash the next morning, and left it on the counter. The next day when he picked it up and was carrying it out, he could feel its little heart beating under his thumb. So he opened the bag and let it go.

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  8. I love hummingbirds. I am glad you were able to save this one, and the picture of it in your hand is beautiful. I love the sound of their wings and their little chirping noises. πŸ™‚

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