One of the interesting stats I've gleaned as the administrator of this site is that one of my 230 blogposts has has triple the page-views of the second most-viewed post during my first 16 months as a blogger. The piece was entitled "Of Peripatetic Hummers and Pesky Wasps," and its original posting date was September 4, 2013. On any given day, it still usually ranks in the top five most-visited posts of that particular day.
I'm not sure what to make of this post's popularity. Was it the fascination people have with hummingbirds (which are indeed fascinating creatures)? Or these birds' interaction with wasps at the nectar feeder? Or did my use of the unusual adjective "peripatetic" (roughly meaning moving around a lot, like a hummingbird) draw people to the story? Whatever the reason, I hope visitors not only viewed the page but read and enjoyed it, too.
Are they afraid of competition from wasps at the feeder? Can a wasp actually sting a hummingbird? I don't know the answers yet, and no wasps have set sights on the nectar feeder yet. I'd just as soon they stay away, and I bet the hummers feel the same way.
My other notable birdwatching experience resulted from my klutziness in filling my lantern-shaped feeder the evening before we had some heavy storms move through. I accidentally left the lid ajar, resulting in some rainwater leaking into the stored seed. The moisture contributed to the sprouting of sunflower seeds at the bottom of the storage area, which clogged the openings for seed to spill out on the birds' feeding platform.
© Robert G. Holland 2014
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