Mar 10, 2014

It’s not two snakes

We fill the hummingbird feeders constantly and don’t give it much thought. We go out, take the feeder off the hook, bring it in, wash and fill it with fresh sugar water and put it back. And we’re usually looking down on the ground because it’s rattlesnake season, not to step on a snake. But we never expected this….

OMG!! We didn’t know what to do. Leave it there? Knock it down? Try to pick it up with a stick? I posted this photo on facebook and someone thought it was two snakes. It wasn’t two snakes – it was one four-foot-long snake! Be it wasn’t a rattlesnake so we decided it was safe to watch him for a while and he didn’t seem annoyed with all the attention. He wasn’t after the sugar water – he was just hanging out. When I say “hanging out” I mean that literally. After a few minutes he started weaving in and out of the loops on the feeder.

Even though we enjoyed the show, our hummingbirds, on the other hand, were not happy. You have to understand they are spoiled, unappreciative little flying brats who take us and their free food for granted. Sometimes they scare us more than the snakes because they zoom at our heads going 40 miles per hour. I think they get a kick out of watching us duck so it did my heart good to see them inconvenienced by a snake.

The birds keeps swooping towards the feeder only to be  stopped midair in their tracks every time. I think this bird was saying, “Whoa! Maybe I’ll come back later – when those snakes are gone!”

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3 Comments on “It’s not two snakes”

  1. Sue says:

    Holy Crap!! That is amazing that you are able to take such a shot like that! I have to say that snakes give me the “heeby sheebies” but I am also glad that this one was not dangerous to your children!! 🙂 I know how much you love those hummingbirds as we love our dogs. So cool that you take care of them!!! xoxo

  2. Denise Sherman says:

    Awesome photographs! Never a dull moment….

  3. Rhonda says:

    Hummingbirds are one of the beautiful and amazing birds. I love seeing them do a midair in flight. Reminds me of a helicopter. I’m sure that is a show in itself with all the hummingbirds you attract with your feeders. Don’t like snakes and I’m glad this one was harmless. I also love bluejays and cardinals. I like woodpeckers but they can be somewhat destructive just like a squirrel. Btw, great photos as always…

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