Hummingbirds – Nature’s Helicopters

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Hummingbird

Hummingbird in Flight - photo by Kalynna Thompson

If you’ve never seen a hummingbird in person – they truly are one of nature’s most amazing creatures. Their speed, ability to hover, fly backwards, and agility are second to none. They beat their wings between 12 and 90 times per second and can fly at speeds exceeding 30 mph. Not only are hummingbirds attracted to certain flowers and feeders filled with sugar water, these birds feed on small insects, helping to keep the mosquito and gnat populations in check. Naked Mountain is fortunate enough to be home to an often frequented hummingbird feeder where our visitors are frequently treated to views of many different types of these special birds.

Recently, we had a visitor, and amateur photographer, Kalynna Thompson, snap a wonderful photo of a hummingbird mid-flight. For any of you who have attempted to take a photo of a hummingbird – you’ll understand how difficult a shot like this can be. Thanks, Kalynna, for sharing this photo with us! I’ve also included a few shots I took myself – not quite as nice though.

What’s a winery blog about hummingbirds without a mention of wines? Why not come out and visit the winery and enjoy a picnic and some of our wonderful “summer sippers” (2010 Unoaked Chardonnay, 2010 Rosé, or 2010 Riesling) while enjoying our views and maybe even sighting a hummingbird or two? We also just released our 2008 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay on our reserve list! We look forward to seeing you out on the mountain – and don’t forget – DRINK NAKED!!

Hummingbird Going to Feed

Hummingbird Going to Feed

Hummingbird Feding

Hummingbird Feding

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  1. Sue and Ron Smith

    Naked Mountain was the catalyst for our hummingbird addiction! Upon our first vist to the winery in the spring of 2009 we were awestruck with the amount of humming birds fluttering around the bird feeder, each trying..unsuccessfully to wait their turn….to suckle the wonderful nectar awaiting them. We inquired about them and to our delight were given the “formula” used for their nectar. Once home we immediately headed for Home Depot and purchasing 2 hummingbird feeders. We made the nectar, installed the feeders on our deck and waited. We were rewarded shortly after with the first sighting. Before us hovered such a small eloquent creature, fluttering and dipping. Cautiously flew this amazingly beautiful bird. We were in awe! And hooked! We came to Naked Moountain recently in hopes of seeing our tiny friends and must say we were a bit disappointed. We did the tasting ( which was wonderful), ordered 3 bottle of wine and both the cheese and crab platters ( both very yummy and perfect with our wine) and sat on the deck. One bird feeder and NO HUMMINGBIRDS! Please bring them back. Please add more feeders and keep the nectar fresh. They are such an amazing addition to your winery and a true blessing for all to enjoy. We will return in a few weeks with our friends visiting from Michigan to experience your amazing atmosphere, your tasty wine and hopefully an abundance of hummingbirds.

    • Randy

      Sue and Ron,

      We miss them too! They were here earlier in this year and even with fresh nectar, we haven’t seen many since the intense summer heat started. We’ll see what we can drum up for your next visit, though. We look forward to seeing you out on the mountain soon!

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