I Am Zorgulon, Lord of Hummingbirds!

Earthlings beware! When I wear my Mask of HummingPower, I can communicate telepathically with these small yet deadly creatures, transforming them into an unstoppable army with which I shall conquer the world!  Soon, puny Earth creatures shall kneel before me, or such a poking you’re gonna get!  (Evil laughter!)

Comments

  1. Appears to be a kinder, gentler Wild Boyz! lets see some more!

  2. caineksgirl says:

    that was kinda cool…. ^^

  3. That’s not nice. The poor little bird is looking for food.

    [The poor little bird is finding it. - Ed.]

  4. BeckyMonster says:

    Hummingbirds are surprisingly aggressive little suckers!!! Always fighting over the feeder. I don’t know why they put more than one “flower” on those things, they don’t share!

    Either way, that mask is a pretty cool idea. I wonder how long he had to sit there, perfectly still, waiting for his new friend?

  5. Hmmmm I may need to get one of those
    although nothing is more fun that having them dive bomb you in the garden.. or when you are wearing a bright shirt and the hummingbirds come to see what kind of flower you are.

  6. Marlene it was had food.. other wise the hummer would have just flown off.

  7. Argyle Donkeypants says:

    I do love the floral Boba Fett-inspired facewear. I predict this will be all the rage at Deathstar Fashion Week in the spring.

    [Now you will witness the fierceness of this fully armed and operational catwalk! - Ed.]

  8. JohnnieCanuck says:

    There’s a hole in the mask with a sugar water tube for the hummmer. You can see the air bubbles form as he drinks.

  9. This man found a way to be a birdwatcher and still look moderately badass. Huzzah!

  10. serenity_may says:

    80 bucks!?! I think I will make my own. way awesome though I wuve my hummingbirds and they show their luv back by scaring the crap out of me with rocket speed fly-bys.

  11. skippymom says:

    I’d never had a close encounter with a hummingbird until one day late this summer when I went out to the garden to find out what was for dinner. This little bird kept flying up to within a foot or two of my face, hovering there as though it had something to tell me, flying away for a minute and then coming back. At one point it got close enough that I was afraid I might instinctively swat at it if it got any closer. This went on for at least five minutes until he/she left.

    Haven’t been able to listen to the sound on this video yet, but it looks very cool. So, you can actually buy one of these helmets?

  12. KatieZientek says:

    Hummingbirds are the fairies of the bird world. =D

  13. @Skippymom

    My close encounter with a hummingbird came when one decided to fly into my house, and got his little beak stuck in our screen door. I was about 10 at the time, and don’t remember how my parents freed him.

    Unfortunately, the local sparrows have discovered how to drink out of my hummingbird feeder, leaving nothing for the hummies, so I’ve had to take it down.

  14. For some reason, hummingbirds terrify me. We had one fly in our living room once, and it decided to stay. It was sitting on the couch, sitting on the tv, just chilling…my Mom wanted me to catch it and I took one look at that sharp beak and said “no way”. Was pretty cool, though…my brother eventually caught it (with his hands!) and released it outside.

  15. i must get one of those bird feeder hats.

  16. CoconutCheez says:

    that was a REALLY bizarre video…. but cute! i’d love to have a close encounter w/ a hummingbird :D

  17. Neat!!!

  18. The quality of villains has really dropped with Russell T Davies’ departure.

    [PfffffbhaHAHAHAHAHAhahahaa... ha - Ed.]

  19. Question: They slowed that video down, right? Cuz last time I checked, hummingbirds didn’t flap their wings that slowly….just wondering.

  20. the bug man says:

    Hummingbirds rock. I used to do field biology in Costa Rica. When you’re in the forest, they frequently come and inspect you from various angles before zooming off. Charming little flying reptiles. I have a feeder outside my office window at work these days.

    Kristi, I was puzzled by that too. I suspect that the camera’s frame rate is very close to the frequency of the bird’s wingbeats, so that it catches the wings in nearly the same position frame after frame. It’s the same optical illusion that they like to capture in car commercials: you know, when the car’s hubcaps seem to be turning slowly backwards.

  21. Haha, that was pretty awesome. I really miss hummingbirds, I had a feeder in my garden when I lived in Canada. But we don’t get them here in the UK! I used to love watching them come up to the feeder, and I bet having one on your face makes it all the more amazing, even if you look kind of like a social reject.

    And Kristi, I’m almost certain it’s slowed down too!

  22. skippymom says:

    @bug man or anybody who can answer: I always believed that hummingbirds never stay still, but a friend told me she has one that perches in her yard. ??

  23. Ah, actually the bug man’s explanation sounds pretty logical too me! I bet that’s it :)

  24. Totally awesome I am going to buy one right now!!

  25. Totally, Becky Monster. They ARE aggressive little buggers – or some of them at least. It’s a war around the feeder. Anyway, I love this guy! What a sweetheart. Hummingbirds can sense the slightest movement, so yeah I bet it felt him blinking behind the mask. Their wings can be loud or silent too. I remember sunbathing once and I heard what sounded like a small plane approaching. I opened my eyes and it was a tiny hummingbird flying over and investigating me! That sucker was so loud, I’m telling you.

  26. It’s Huitzilopochtli, the Aztec god of war!!!

  27. skippymom says:

    Hmm, I figured the females here would be all gushing about this guy being cute. I thought he kind of looks like Jamin’s scruffier cousin.

  28. What?!? No one has said it yet?

    Ok, then I shall…

    Ahem! I call for… Boyz ‘n Boids!!!!

  29. And yeah, Skippymom, the boy’s fiiine…

  30. Check this out lol http://www.rathergood.com/singing_kitties since i get ignored from suggestions figured i would put it here ;) Maru ftw!

    [Joel V. is talented, funny, and quite possibly clinically insane... but that's his thing, on his site. Anyway, we've already posted a lot of his source material. - Ed.]

  31. Nynke raises an excellent point. Maybe it is because he is kind of cute, relatively in shape, and young?

  32. BeckyMonster says:

    He kind of looks like the tanned and more toned brother of that Free Credit Report guy. Great, now that damn song is in my head again!!

    And I have seen a hummingbird “stand” on the little perch of my feeder. They seem to do that when they think the coast is clear. Coffee Break!

  33. Not That Mike The Other Mike says:

    To answer a question posed earlier: Yes, hummingbirds do perch. However, their feet are poorly developed and not used for transportation, as larger birds sometimes do.

    http://www.wbu.com/education/hummingbirds.html

  34. Now all they have to do is fasten those beer can holders to the side of the helmet and the birdwatcher can drink with the hummingbird…

  35. skippymom says:

    Mike, thanks for the information. Speaking of birds using their feet for transportation, whenever I see birds walking across the street (which is fairly often), I always think “Um, dudes? You can, like, fly, right? So why are you walking across the street while cars are driving down it?”

  36. ButtaRumCake says:

    @MadameX – LOVE IT!!!

    Boyz N Boids – WOOOOT!!

  37. Sara Sunshine says:

    Hummingbirdy was all like WTF is this joker doing? “Hey… Hey….. you watcha doin?”

  38. Charlie, thanks for the Singing Cats link, that gave me a bit smile! It’s definitely Cuteoverload material! And don’t feel bad…my suggestions don’t get posted either. I suspect we are but two grains of sand in a dump truck load!

    (P.S. Charlie’s link: http://www.rathergood.com/singing_kitties )

  39. Christine says:

    This is very cool. My only close experience with a hummingbird was unfortunately right after it was killed – after being snatched out of the air by my cat! Fast cat, but poor hummy. :(

  40. Pfft, Kar. We all know that EVERYTHING will improve with Rusty’s departure.

  41. TrixandSam says:

    I get strafed by hummingbirds all the time in the summer. I’ve numerous flowerbed filled with pink, red, orange, purple and blue flowers and they LOVE hanging around. It’s a hoot to be minding my own business, pulling weeds, and suddenly hearing the approaching hum of the wings and boom! seeing one right in my face looking at me. I also keep a feeder right outside my screened-in porch. Talk about Grand Central Station! At peak feeding time a good half-dozen H-birds will zip back and forth, duking it out for one of the feeder holes. Sigh. I love them teeny birdies.

  42. I’ve got a menagerie in my back yard, sparrows, cardinals, robins, blue jays, crows (or Randolf as I call them) and of course pigeons will show up even if you don’t want them, but no hummingbirds :-(

  43. skippymom says:

    I’ve always had sparrows, blue jays, cardinals, mourning doves, chickadees, titmice, the usual feeder birds. But this summer there suddenly showed up a whole flock of big badass city-type pigeons who scare the other birds away. I don’t get where they showed up from, and weirdly they scare me, although I’m quite at peace with their type when I see them in the city.

  44. Von Zeppelin says:

    All summer, I enjoyed watching the male hummies on my patio battling for dominance over the airspace around the feeder. There was a Big Boss Hummingbird who chased everybody else away when he was around. The others would quietly sneak in for a few sips of sugar water when he wasn’t looking. When he saw them, he’d come roaring in like a very small fighter plane.

  45. @Skippymom, “badass pigeons” seems to me sort of like “jumbo shrimp.”

  46. Queen of Dork says:

    I was sitting on my patio this summer near my feeder. I saw something out of the corner of my eye and nearly jumped out of my skin because I thought it was a HUGE wasp coming at me. Of course, it was a beautiful humming bird but it was quite a startling moment. My cat caught a little bird back there once. (Not a humming bird). I was in the house and suddenly my back yard sounded like that movie “The Birds.” There were about a 100 birds dive bombing my cat. He ended up letting the little bird go because he smartly realized he was extremely outnumbered.

  47. Brook Vanderford says:

    As much as I love hummingbirds, and I do, that guy kinda creeped me out. Sorry!

  48. There are few sights quite as magical as a ray of sun glinting off the iridescent blur of a hummingbird’s wing…

  49. When I was a wee little kid, the nursery school I attended was run by an English woman and her mother (very, very British). They were convinced that hummingbirds, having never seen them perch, didn’t have feet.
    While this seems kind of an odd belief, it apparently was a wide-spread one in the Old World, where there are no hummingbird species at all. The scientific name for the Order in which hummingbirds (and swifts) are found is Apodiformes (literally, “without feet”) — their legs are small and they can do little more than perch. Maybe Mrs. Ferry and Mrs. Ferry’s mum were on to something!

  50. Yay hummingbird stories!

    When I lived in California my Mom’s feeder got “claimed” by a very small, but very aggressive, male. He would “escort” females to the feeder and then do his amazing display for them — hovering 20 feet up then zooming down in a J-shape white tweeting at the moment he pulled up. It was great to watch. Well, one day a green finch-like bird, about twice a hummingbird’s size, found she could drink from the feeder and our male wandered up, surveyed her for a bit and then went into his dance. We figured he was thinking that, well, she might not be the prettiest girl, but she sure looks healthy.

  51. JohnnieCanuck says:

    To get an excellent view of hummingbird feetz and flying technique, try this BBC Time Warp clip. It is best in HD, if you’ve got the bandwidth.

    The bugman has it pretty much right. The frame rate of the camera combined with any frame deletion done when the video is compressed must be close to a multiple of the wing repetition rate. Another analogy is that the apparent slow motion is like the beat note heard when tuning a musical instrument.

  52. I had an awesome close encounter with a hummingbird when I was in high school — I was sitting out on the back deck reading a book, wearing a bright red coat, when I heard an odd buzzing sound. Looked up, and there was a wee hummingbird hovering in front of me! It very carefully investigated every button on the front of my coat, then popped up to check out my face and hair, and then flitted off. It was so cool!

  53. JohnnieCanuck says:

    Bats [:
    Another very popular myth is that hummingbirds migrate by hitching a ride on the backs of larger birds like geese. Tain’t so. They do the long distances all on their own, refuelling frequently on the way.

  54. Hummingbirds are very awesome animals. I love the huge quick U shaped flying mating rituals the males perform. And yes they sound like small helicopters if they fly close to your ear. But their real beauty is in their stunning control of flight.

  55. I love all of these hummingbird stories. My mom has several feeders on her patio and outside of her windows and it is always wild with activity. There are several who seem to be In Charge and they get very territorial, always maneuvering the other birds out of the way. It’s mesmerizing to watch them.

  56. When my mom and I went on vacation in Colorado, we rented a little cabin out on a mountain in the middle of nowhere almost. Most of the time it was completely quiet–except in the mornings when it sounded like fighter jets were circling the cabin. Two hummingbirds would chase each other around and around and around our little A-frame cabin, fighting over the feeder.

    Not too far down the road was another house with about 15 feeders and probably a hundred hummingbirds around it at all times. It was crazy. You could hear them way before you could even see the house.

  57. I know next to nothing about hummingbirds. They always seemed magical to me!

  58. We had a tiny female make a nest between our house and the neighbor’s in the summer of 2008. The very cool thing is that she returned this summer and refurbished it, and then had one baby (tiny tiny) in May, then another in July.

  59. Mary (the first) says:

    I don’t see hummers very often but one day last summer I was out on my deck and suddenly a buzzy kind of noise by my ear, and there was one only about a foot or so from my face. I’m not sure what he wanted or was doing. It was only a few seconds before he was gone again but it was really cool. I’ve been wanting to put out a feeder since then but not sure if the other birds would get into it. I stopped feeding the other birds because the squirrels were taking over and getting a bit out of control. Not that I don’t love skwerls because, of course I do!

  60. Mary (the first) says:

    oh and p.s. I was a bit concerned reading the first few comments, thought y’all were falling down on the job but finally someone did point out that “Chris” is an attraction even without the feeder hat. (Actually, more attractive without it, now that I think of it.)

  61. Well you guys are an absolute delight! Hi, I am the inventor of the eYe@eYe tm Wearable Hummingbird Feeder and I totally enjoyed your comments. Bud is right, it is the frame rate of the small cheap camera that was able to afford that we could squeak inside the mask/helmet that makes the wings look “slow”. This is our “fun” product, it came out of a desire to share an experience I had 25 years ago with a hummingbird. I wore a bright red beard at the time (still in school, HSU) and had stepped out on the back porch on a beautiful sunny morning. A male Anna’s suddenly appeared as if my magic in front of face and examined the beard looking for nectar. The sunlight was full on his bright red iridescent head — looked like a thousand sunsets. I have always wanted to “share” that experience . . . took me a while. The difficult part was developing/inventing a miniaturized feeding tube that would actually fit inside the headgear, be practical to produce, and easy to use (refill). We have had the feeder for two years now, and it is always a joy to take some time out from the day and get “eye to eye” with a hummer. Here it is October and I still have a male Anna’s visiting the feeder. My real focus though, is on alternative energy and environment products. Our Kandle Heeter tm Candle Holder is entering its fifth year (it converts the convection energy of a candle into dry radiant space heat), and the re-design of the HEATSTICK tm Thermal Fan is in its 2nd year (it sucks the warm air from overhead and injects it onto cold floors and feet) — you can see this stuff at the website. If you want to get a flavor of how the feeder was developed there is a longer video that covers the process of idea to product. “Chris Makes a New Friend” has been viewed over 50,000 times but go figure, still no one has called up asking for his number . . . I am sure that he is totally bummed. Warm wishes to you all! Doyle

  62. martha in mobile says:

    The local Hummer Study group captured an overwintering hummer (very carefully, of course) in our backyard to band and measure her. Afterwards, the scientist sat her on my flat palm and her heart felt like a tiny, whirring motor. Apparently they will sit in your hand for a good bit while they assess the situation. Finally, the scientist tapped the underside of my hand to get her to fly away. It was amazing!

  63. katiewritesagain says:

    I feed hummingbirds every season. You don’t really need a helmet if you can stand still. I hang up the feeders and just stand there, very still. They will check you out, but once you have established a feeding station (which takes about 5 minutes!) they will go about their feeding business no matter who close you are. Yes, I can feel the wind from their teeny little wings and hear the “snap” of their bills when they squabble over feeding ports! Try it. Just stand there, still, and see how close they get. Do this every time and after a while, they won’t get too spooked when you walk away. I’ve even had them buzz my head while I ws hanging the feeders-guess I wasn’t quick enough! They’re a blast. And the first time you get a child to do this, they will be astounded. Better than TV!

  64. What a brilliant contraption! I really enjoyed watching the video, and I am sure that it is 100X better to be experiencing it. I hope it is successful for you, Doyle. :D

  65. Ok I hate to be the Negative Nelly here, but after watching the other videos from the same uploader, I get the feeling that it’s all a hoax.

    First off, the closeup of the hummingbird from inside “the mask” could’ve been taken from anywhere and edited together with the shots from outside of the mask. Also, if they had a camera inside of the mask, why didn’t they show it to us, and how did it fit (I know there are small cameras out there but I’d still like to see it).

    Second, watching the other videos, they had to have had a pretty awesome camera that has a much higher frame rate than a usual camera in order to be able to see those little beauties flap their wings, and not just see a blur around their little bodies.

    Also, the birds in the other videos look very computer animated (which is easily done these days)

    If it’s not a hoax then I appologize for being so cynical, but if it is, then wow, what a way to get ppl who care for animals and want to see them up close, to pay a lot of dollars, just to sit in a stupid mask and have them say: Oh just have patience, they’ll come.

    Ok, my two cents.. and please, no hate mail, ok?

  66. Ok, I just read Doyle’s entry.. wow, I feel like a douche now. I appologize and wish you all the luck with this project.

  67. Get a baseball cap, poke a hole in the front center of the bill, buy one of those mini H/B feeders (they’re about six inches long w/ one ‘flower), hang the feeder from the hat, sit really, really still… always works for me and my friends! Aaah, nature!!!

  68. Doyle, I really like your feeder mask, and what with the work that goes into it, it appears to be worth the price. but that’s more than I could afford even on a good month…but an order for your Kandle Heeter is on the way! Keep it up…

  69. MamaDawn in Tulsa says:

    Every once in a while, a hummingbird will bonk into our sunroom window and stun itself. I can pick it up (and beat the cats to the punch) and make sure all is ok, and when it comes around, it will usually hover at eye level, as if to say “thanks, mate” and then zoom off. This has happened several times, and it’s almost as if…THEY KNOW!

  70. whahappin?

  71. sok i just thought people might like to see it as its lol :p

  72. Resriechan says:

    ??poss. a Bob Geldoff lookalike?

  73. Cute boy!
    Neato hummingbirds!

    I am going to get a few hb feeders for our newly fenced in back yard! I can’t wait!

  74. doggabone says:

    @JohnnieCanuck: I’d never heard of the myth about hummingbirds hitching a ride before, but now I can’t shake the image from my head. I see a goose with hummingbird on board making the long haul, the hummingbird kicking in with a turbo boos from time to time when the goose starts lagging behind the “V”.

  75. Well I for one would love Chris’ number, but I’m sure I’m too old for him ;-)

  76. My parents used to hang hummer feeders from the eaves of the garage. Dad would occasionally go out and stand very still next to one of them and watch the birds. It was hilarious to see this huge, stern-looking man with tiny birds flying around his head. I’ve been able to watch them fairly close at hanging feeders on my deck – the trick is to get near some kind of backdrop (wall, shrubs) and be very still.

  77. Ohmigod- I watched that while Richard Marx’s “Right here waiting for you” was still playing in another window (yeah, I did that so I could hear that song AND continue to surf the wave of cuteness)…I highly recommend it for the full experience ;-)

  78. Hi Szilvia . . . not a hoax . . . what we do is put the camera in the feeder . . . and then try and make a movie using the inside shots merged into the outside shots so it looks like a movie . . . We work out of an old Redwood Barn in Far Northern California, that’s the side of the barn in the movies. And you may stop by this spring and you too, can be a youtube wearable hummingbird feeder star!

    And to krlem, sure, there are other ways to do this . . . but most folks feel a little more comfortable with some solid eye protection . . . besides, this post wouldn’t exist with the “Mask of Humming Power” . . . and thanks for the Kandle Heeter tm Candle Holder order . . . that is really our mainstay through the winter.

  79. Fantastic hummer stories!

  80. Hi Doyle, thanx, and again, I appologize and wish you all the luck with your invention. =)

  81. Wow. This is all fascinating – the mask invention, learning all about hummingbirds, and I think Chris is cute too! Like someone else said, I am probably a bit too old for him though. And I think I will order one of those candle heaters too!

  82. AuntieMame says:

    A bird-feeding helmet would be awesome! I love birdies!

    I enjoyed looking at Chris, too. :)

  83. This might be the most brilliant invention ever. at least my mom will think so when i totally make her one for christmas!!! I love them too- even planted a buncha things for them to enjoy and got some feeders- they love to come around and investigate my sons red crab sand box..and pester the cats by the window.
    Man in video is my new bff and person who made hummingbird helmut is my new hero. YAY to them all! yay to men who enjoy teeny birds!

  84. Darrel Mooney says:

    the mask is really a dental protective shied for birdodontists

  85. I have always hung feeders for the hummers and they are very territorial. Usually one bird will claim a feeder and defend it. However, when they first arrive in the spring or when they are getting ready to leave in the fall they are more likely to begrudgingly share. Just hang the feeder and you will have birds flying around you in no time. One bird even stuck its beak in my mouth. Talk about a close encounter! If you live in the southern states you should leave the feeder up till around Thanksgiving. Even today, October 28, I noticed a hummer at my feeder. I live in central Texas.

  86. darkshines says:

    A hummingbirds wings flap 12-90 times per second (depending on the species), therefore creating an illusion they are beating slowly as our puny human brains cannot process something moving that fast!

  87. Boba Fett loves hummingbirds? Who knew?

    Should’a gone to
    Free Credit Report dot com (yee haw)
    could’a seen it comin’ at me like an atom bomb

    that guy is kinda cute, but Chris is cuter, plus he likes ze birdies!

  88. batwhisperer says:

    I gotta get me one of those. Do you think they have one for nectar feeding bats?

  89. VERY cool!

  90. Hello all,

    Guess what, the feeder has been included in a “contest” at coolest gadgets . . . and not a transistor in it! If you would like to drive it to the top . . . that would be fun . . . here is the link . . . http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20091106/win-50-voting-coolest-gadget-week/ . . . meanwhile, “Chris Makes a New Friend” has gone from 7,000 views to over 138,000, I got 14 feeders out of the barn and on their way last week and am 20+ orders behind, BBC ordered one for a prime time show (they are going to film in an aviary in London becasue there are no hummingbirds in England. . . that was smart thinking) and the guys at “Smoking Gun” TV show (whatever that is, I haven’t had a TV for over 20 years) ordered two for a TV show . . . and I want to thank you all for having a part in this . . . I am even looking for another helper . . . demand for product is what creates jobs and long term that has always been my goal . . . to create meaningful employment in the manufacturing sector . . . Thanks Guys. . . ^-^

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