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  posted on 9/7/2010 at 01:37 PM
In the beautiful Shenandoah Valley along the Shenandoah River, this snake noticed that hummingbirds were hovering around this feeder. In proper stealth fashion, the snake tried to be slick and wrap around the base of the feeder in hopes of pouncing on the swift and levitating Archilochus;








The hummingbirds stood their ground and, despite their size, attacked the snake using their sharp beaks to battle the pesky and determined Thamnophis;









However, in spectacular fashion.................the hummingbird lost;





[Edited on 9/7/2010 by DerekFromCincinnati]

 

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  posted on 9/7/2010 at 02:33 PM
Flies with beaks?!!!

Great photos!!

 

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  posted on 9/7/2010 at 02:34 PM
I didn't want to see this.

 

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  posted on 9/7/2010 at 02:40 PM
Nice pics Derek. You take 'em?
 

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  posted on 9/7/2010 at 02:48 PM
My dad's wife took them, albeit she was on the side of the hummingbird but could do nothing as it happened quick. Apparently, the hummingbird was pecking away and holding its own, but do not tempt the snake. The sound of those little bones cracking...oh, the humanity!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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  posted on 9/7/2010 at 02:51 PM
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...oh, the humanity!!!!!!!!!!!!

...oh, the ornithology!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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  posted on 9/7/2010 at 03:02 PM
Knowing zip/nada about about snakes or their brains...this appears to be a pretty impressive cognitive hunting technique...

 

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  posted on 9/7/2010 at 03:17 PM
No snakes at Beth's hummingbird feeder but did get to watch one chasing away wasps last week . And winning...

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  posted on 9/7/2010 at 04:35 PM
Hummingbirds can be relentless, scrappy little things can't they!

 

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  posted on 9/7/2010 at 06:25 PM
We were at a bed and breakfast in Southern Illinois this weekend, and they had a hummingbird feeder - it was the first time my wife had ever seen a hummingbird up close...they are fun to watch.

 

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  posted on 9/7/2010 at 07:11 PM
Despite having never seen a flock of hummingbirds, these little critters do migrate.

 

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  posted on 9/7/2010 at 07:22 PM
I guess you are once again trying to sound knowledgeable about wildlife. Using those smart-sounding latin names is really cool, but Im wondering how accurate that is given your past failures in trying to sound smarter than you really are.

 

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I guess you are once again trying to sound knowledgeable about wildlife. Using those smart-sounding latin names is really cool, but Im wondering how accurate that is given your past failures in trying to sound smarter than you really are.




Huh? Ah, more obsession from - hold on - more latin - Wallflowerius Pinheadius. Hell, you were even bringing up my name in that other thread that I had nothing to do with. Am I in your dreams, Sugah, or what are we talking??

 

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Do they? They are in my area year round.


Well, of course they are down there where you are at. They can't handle the winters up here. Which is why I appreciate the sparrows and cardinals and the rest that tough it out.

 

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  posted on 9/7/2010 at 07:53 PM
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Huh? Ah, more obsession from - hold on - more latin - Wallflowerius Pinheadius. Hell, you were even bringing up my name in that other thread that I had nothing to do with. Am I in your dreams, Sugah, or what are we talking??


LOL...man, you are impressed with yourself. Why not just say garter snake and humming bird? You arent impressing anyone with your faux knowledge. Those of us that have watched you make a fool out of yourself in the past, love to watch you do it. You were brought up in the other thread because its well known what a hypocrite you are and BigV managed to strip you of your title. Youre going to have to work harder to get that back.

 

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Huh? Ah, more obsession from - hold on - more latin - Wallflowerius Pinheadius. Hell, you were even bringing up my name in that other thread that I had nothing to do with. Am I in your dreams, Sugah, or what are we talking??
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LOL...man, you are impressed with yourself. Why not just say garter snake and humming bird? You arent impressing anyone with your faux knowledge. Those of us that have watched you make a fool out of yourself in the past, love to watch you do it. You were brought up in the other thread because its well known what a hypocrite you are and BigV managed to strip you of your title. Youre going to have to work harder to get that back.





Who gives a rat's ass? Are you really this tweaked?

 

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Huh? Ah, more obsession from - hold on - more latin - Wallflowerius Pinheadius. Hell, you were even bringing up my name in that other thread that I had nothing to do with. Am I in your dreams, Sugah, or what are we talking??
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LOL...man, you are impressed with yourself. Why not just say garter snake and humming bird? You arent impressing anyone with your faux knowledge. Those of us that have watched you make a fool out of yourself in the past, love to watch you do it. You were brought up in the other thread because its well known what a hypocrite you are and BigV managed to strip you of your title. Youre going to have to work harder to get that back.





Who gives a rat's ass? Are you really this tweaked?


"tweaked"? No, I dont do meth. Im just yankin your chain over your BS pseudo intellectual act.

 

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  posted on 9/7/2010 at 08:13 PM
nice pix and story, thanks
 

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  posted on 9/8/2010 at 01:51 AM
Perhaps we could have some specificity.....which particular thamnophis would it be in the photo? :-)

Longnose Garter Snake, Thamnophis angustirostris (Kennicott, 1860)
Aquatic Garter Snake, Thamnophis atratus
Santa Cruz Garter Snake, Thamnophis atratus atratus (Kennicott, 1860)
Oregon Garter Snake, Thamnophis atratus hydrophilus (Fitch, 1936)
Diablo Range Garter Snake, Thamnophis atratus zaxanthus (Boundy, 1999)
Shorthead Garter Snake, Thamnophis brachystoma (Cope, 1892)
Butler's Garter Snake, Thamnophis butleri (Cope, 1889)
Goldenhead Garter Snake, Thamnophis chrysocephalus (Cope, 1885)
Western Aquatic Garter Snake, Thamnophis couchii (Kennicott, 1859)
Blackneck Garter Snake, Thamnophis cyrtopsis
Western Blackneck Garter Snake, Thamnophis cyrtopsis cyrtopsis (Kennicott, 1860)
Eastern Blackneck Garter Snake, Thamnophis cyrtopsis ocellatus (Cope, 1880)
Tropical Blackneck Garter Snake, Thamnophis cyrtopsis collaris (Jan, 1863)
Tepalcatepec Valley Garter Snake, Thamnophis cyrtopsis postremus (Smith, 1942)
Yellow-throated Garter Snake, Thamnophis cyrtopsis pulchrilatus (Cope, 1885)

Checkered Garter Snake, Thamnophis marcianusWestern Terrestrial Garter Snake, Thamnophis elegans
Arizona Garter Snake, Thamnophis elegans arizonae (Tanner & Lowe, 1989)
Mountain Garter Snake, Thamnophis elegans elegans (Baird & Girard, 1853)
Mexican Wandering Garter Snake, Thamnophis elegans errans (Smith, 1942)
Coast Garter Snake, Thamnophis elegans terrestris (Fox, 1951)
Wandering Garter Snake, Thamnophis elegans vagrans (Baird & Girard, 1853)
Upper Basin Garter Snake, Thamnophis elegans vascotanneri (Tanner & Lowe, 1989)
Sierra San Pedro Mártir Garter Snake, Thamnophis elegans hueyi (Van Denburgh & Slevin, 1923)
Thamnophis eques
Mexican Garter Snake, Thamnophis eques eques (Reuss, 1834)
Laguna Totolcingo Garter Snake, Thamnophis eques carmenensis (Conant, 2003)
Thamnophis eques cuitzeoensis (Conant, 2003)
Thamnophis eques diluvialis (Conant, 2003)
Thamnophis eques insperatus (Conant, 2003)
Northern Mexican Garter Snake, Thamnophis eques megalops (Kennicott, 1860)
Thamnophis eques obscurus (Conant, 2003)
Thamnophis eques patzcuaroensis (Conant, 2003)
Thamnophis eques scotti (Conant, 2003)
Thamnophis eques virgatenuis (Conant, 1963)

Eastern Plains Garter Snake (Thamnophis radix radix), a disputed subspecies of Thamnophis radix.Montane Garter Snake, Thamnophis exsul (Rossman, 1969)
Highland Garter Snake, Thamnophis fulvus (Bocourt, 1893)
Giant Garter Snake, Thamnophis gigas (Fitch, 1940)
Godman's Garter Snake, Thamnophis godmani (Günther, 1894)
Two-striped Garter Snake, Thamnophis hammondii (Kennicott, 1860)
Checkered Garter Snake, Thamnophis marcianus (Baird & Girard, 1853)
Blackbelly Garter Snake, Thamnophis melanogaster
Gray Blackbelly Garter Snake, Thamnophis melanogaster canescens (Smith, 1942)
Chihuahuan Blackbelly Garter Snake, Thamnophis melanogaster chihuahuanensis (Tanner, 1959)
Lined Blackbelly Garter Snake, Thamnophis melanogaster linearis (Smith, Nixon & Smith, 1950)
Mexican Blackbelly Garter Snake, Thamnophis melanogaster melanogaster (Peters, 1864)

Redstripe Ribbon Snake, Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatusTamaulipan Montane Garter Snake, Thamnophis mendax (Walker, 1955)
Northwestern Garter Snake, Thamnophis ordinoides (Baird & Girard, 1852)
Western Ribbon Snake, Thamnophis proximus
Chiapas Highland Ribbon Snake, Thamnophis proximus alpinus (Rossman, 1963)
Arid Land Ribbon Snake, Thamnophis proximus diabolicus (Rossman, 1963)
Gulf Coast Ribbon Snake, Thamnophis proximus orarius (Rossman, 1963)
Western Ribbon Snake, Thamnophis proximus proximus (Say, 1823)
Redstripe Ribbon Snake, Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus (Rossman, 1963)
Mexican Ribbon Snake, Thamnophis proximus rutiloris (Cope, 1885)
Plains Garter Snake, Thamnophis radix (Baird & Girard, 1853)
Rossman's Garter Snake, Thamnophis rossmani (Conant, 2000)
Narrowhead Garter Snake, Thamnophis rufipunctatus
Thamnophis rufipunctatus nigronuchalis (Thompson, 1957)
Thamnophis rufipunctatus unilabialis (Tanner, 1985)
Thamnophis rufipunctatus rufipunctatus (Cope, 1875)
Ribbon Snake, Thamnophis sauritus
Bluestripe Ribbon Snake, Thamnophis sauritus nitae (Rossman, 1963)
Peninsula Ribbon Snake, Thamnophis sauritus sackenii (Kennicott, 1859)
Eastern Ribbon Snake, Thamnophis sauritus sauritus (Linnaeus, 1766)
Northern Ribbon Snake, Thamnophis sauritus septentrionalis (Rossman, 1963)

Common Garter SnakeLongtail Alpine Garter Snake, Thamnophis scalaris (Cope, 1861)
Short-tail Alpine Garter Snake, Thamnophis scaliger (Jan, 1863)
Common Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis
Texas Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis annectens (Brown, 1950)
Texas Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis annectensRed-spotted Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis concinnus (Hallowell, 1852)
New Mexico Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis dorsalis (Baird & Girard, 1853)
Valley Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis fitchi (Fox, 1951)
California Red-sided Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis infernalis (Blainville, 1835)
Thamnophis sirtalis lowei (Tanner, 1988)
Maritime Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis pallidula (Allen, 1899)
Red-sided Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis (Say, 1823)
Puget Sound Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis pickeringii (Baird & Girard, 1853)
Bluestripe Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis similis (Rossman, 1965)
Eastern Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Chicago Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis semifasciatus (Cope, 1892)
San Francisco Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia (Cope, 1875)
Sumichrast's Garter Snake, Thamnophis sumichrasti (Cope, 1866)
West Coast Garter Snake, Thamnophis valida
Mexican Pacific Lowlands Garter Snake, Thamnophis valida celaeno (Cope, 1860)
Thamnophis valida isabellae (Conant, 1953)
Thamnophis valida thamnophisoides (Conant, 1961)
Thamnophis valida valida (Kennicott, 1860)

 

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  posted on 9/8/2010 at 04:57 AM
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nice pix and story, thanks


Agreed, I enjoyed it too. Thanks












p.s. Derek, too bad we can't all be geniuses in Law Enforcement

 

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Agreed, I enjoyed it too. Thanks












p.s. Derek, too bad we can't all be geniuses in Law Enforcement



Frankly, I enjoy Dereks picture posts as well. I was just giving him a well earned rattle on his cage. Meanwhile, dont you have some Illegals to worry about?

 

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  posted on 9/8/2010 at 10:41 AM
I have two feeders out at my house. During the peak of the season, I was refilling them each day. I use a 4:1 water:sugar ratio and just mix up a half-gallon at a time. I have dozens of them and they are so much fun to watch. I can stand within a couple of feet of the feeders and they will feed without regard to my being there. I have had them fly in an open door, check a couple things out and then fly right back out the door.

In the spring, I usually get my first birds coming through toward the end of March or first of April. What generally happens is one approaches me in the yard around where the feeders usually are. I have learned that the migrating birds tend to rest in the same places from season to season, and that the ones that nest where I live are likely those that were fledged there in previous seasons.

I have yet to see anything but a Ruby-throated, but there are other species that are occasionally seen in East TN. They bought their GPS at Wal-mart.

 

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I guess you are once again trying to sound knowledgeable about wildlife. Using those smart-sounding latin names is really cool, but Im wondering how accurate that is given your past failures in trying to sound smarter than you really are.


I guess once again you are hijacking a thread to insult someone else. As far as sounding as smart as you are, it speaks for itself.

 

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I guess you are once again trying to sound knowledgeable about wildlife. Using those smart-sounding latin names is really cool, but Im wondering how accurate that is given your past failures in trying to sound smarter than you really are.


I guess once again you are hijacking a thread to insult someone else. As far as sounding as smart as you are, it speaks for itself.


Yeah, you would never post just to insult someone.... :rollseyes:

 

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