Dive-bombing Hummingbirds

27 Jul

HummingbirdsSometimes it’s dangerous on my trails. Today I saw something really strange.

Dive-bombing hummingbirds.

They would fly up really high – and then they would dive bomb. Flying down almost to the ground at top speed.

I got very concerned. What if they tried to dive-bomb my head.

Yikes! That could hurt!

I’m pretty brave. I can face big dogs and clawing, hissing cats. I can outrun a thunderstorm (Okay, maybe I’m not that brave.) and chase wild coyotes. But those little tiny hummingbirds could really hurt.

And I would have no defense.

I think I’m going home now. And I’m not coming back until I have on a hummingbird hat.

I don’t care what that hat looks like – as long as it protects my head from a dive-bomb attack.

Hummingbird heading into Bongo's hat


Posted by on July 27, 2012 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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40 responses to “Dive-bombing Hummingbirds

  1. Patricia

    July 27, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Mockingbirds are worse. They would swoop down and pull the hair out of my cats tail. Mean!

    • Bongo

      July 27, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      Patricia, I hope your cat gave those mockingbirds what for.

  2. Genevieve Petrillo

    July 27, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    The cap is a great look, but is it enough protection? You may need a helmet or a hard hat!!

    Love and licks,

    • Bongo

      July 27, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      Cupcake, the hat was all I could find at the time. I’ll keep looking for something better.

  3. dianeskitchentable

    July 27, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    We’ve got hummingbird feeders out & the males fight each other for rights to the feeders all the time. When they’re warning each other off they make this huge U loop over & over which I guess means, stay away – either that or they just like doing it. In any case Moe yells at them from the porch so I guess we’re safe…sort of?

    • Bongo

      July 27, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      Diane, I bet those hummingbirds don’t want to come near Moe. My person got online and found out hummingbirds actually dive-bomb when they’re courting. We only saw them do that one day.

      • dianeskitchentable

        July 28, 2012 at 7:34 am

        Moe’s only the tough guy when he’s behind a window or screen. If a bird flies near him he flattens out like there’s incoming fire. That is so cool to know about the hummingbirds though. When we were watching them I was thinking – I wonder if he’s doing it just because it’s fun to do. They are amazing little speed demons.

  4. philosophermouseofthehedge

    July 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Whoa. Didn’t know those little birds would do that. (Must remember to watch out)
    Do know that Mockingbirds are bullies and afraid of nothing when a baby bird is in jeopardy.

    • Bongo

      July 27, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      Karen, my person got online and found out hummingbirds dive-bomb when they’re courting. We’ve only seen them ever do that once in all the time we’ve been on my trails. They didn’t really go after us. I guess the boy birds were just trying to impress the girl birds.

      • philosophermouseofthehedge

        July 28, 2012 at 8:41 am

        Gee. Is it just like short boys in jr. high school always picking fights to show how tough they are? Take care Bongo!

  5. colliesofthemeadow

    July 27, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Wow! Mean little buggers arent they? Ginger says take the cat with you… that will teach them! 🙂

    • Bongo

      July 27, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      Ginger, I guess cats are good for something.

  6. Chancy and Mumsy

    July 27, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Oh, no!! Dive-bombing hummingbirds on your trail sweet Bongo. What got into those little birds anyway? We have seen bluejays and mockingbirds do that but not cute little hummers. We like your hat and we hope it works to keep those little hummers from poking your head with those sharp, pointed little beaks of theirs. Hugs and nose kisses

    • Bongo

      July 27, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      Chancy and Mumsy, my person checked online and found out that’s how hummingbirds court. We’ve only ever seen them do that once. I guess my head is safe. Hugs and nose kisses back to you.

  7. marina kanavaki

    July 28, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Ok… I LOVE that portrait!!!! Sounds to me like the birds from hell!!!!!

    • Bongo

      July 28, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks Marina. My person says they weren’t really after me. She got online and found out hummingbirds dive-bomb when they’re courting. I guess I’m glad I’m not a girl hummingbird.

  8. angelswhisper2011

    July 28, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Bongo, I don’t know about the cap. It does look great on you, that’s for sure, but to protect you from these Hitchcock – hummingbirds… maybe you -put on- ask Scratchy to lend a hand 🙂

    • Bongo

      July 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      Angels Whisper, that’s a good idea. I’ll put Scratchy on my head. Then the hummingbirds can dive-bomb into him and they won’t get me at all.

  9. eripanwkevin

    July 28, 2012 at 7:15 am

    I think that you look quite good in the hat, Bongo! But as Cupcake said, you need to have a helmet that the hat. I hope you can find better one before long. Hmmmm…I don’t think I ever see those hummingbirds before but it sounds like the way they fly is very interesting! 🙂

    • Bongo

      July 28, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      Kevin, I’m keeping my eyes open for a helmet. Those hummingbirds don’t normally dive-bomb – my person found out they do this when they’re courting – but they do zip across the sky really fast. And sometimes they stop and hover right where they are. They’re so small and their wings move so fast that sometimes we hear them flying but can’t find them. They’re actually really cool, and very pretty little birds.

  10. heyitsjethere

    July 28, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Hey Bongo, Jet here.

    Dude, while you look manly man chic in your hat, you will need something stronger to protect you from beaks!!! Have you thought about a helmet?

    • Bongo

      July 28, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      Hey Jet, I’ve been looking for a helmet. I might have to send my person out to the dog helmet store. We don’t seem to have any around here.

      • heyitsjethere

        July 29, 2012 at 6:17 am

        Hey Bongo,

        What about a mountaineering helmet??? Mom wore one once and thinks it would provide the safest protection… 🙂

      • Bongo

        July 29, 2012 at 1:15 pm

        Hey Jet, a mountaineering helmet sounds great. I’ll have to have my person check to see what they have in the hiking stores around here.

  11. whatimeant2say

    July 28, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I didn’t know hummingbirds did that! Yowch! I wouldn’t want one of them to run into me!

    • Bongo

      July 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      Wonderbutt’s Person, at least those hummingbirds seemed to be in control of where they dive-bombed. They didn’t seem to be aiming at me. Whew!

  12. Misty Shores Chesapeakes

    July 28, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Who knew those little birds were actually kamikaze birds! I do like the hat 🙂

    • Bongo

      July 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      Thanks Misty Shores. They sure did look like kamikaze birds when they were dive-bombing.

  13. Lindy MacDuff

    July 28, 2012 at 10:14 am

    I think I’d be looking for a hard hat – those hummingbirds have long beaks! I remember birds pecking at my little dog when I was a wee one. Made me afraid of birds for a long time after that.

    • Bongo

      July 28, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      Lindy, I’ve been after my person to get me a hard hat, but she says the birds have stopped dive-bombing so I’m safe.

  14. themisadventuresofmisaki

    July 28, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    sounds dangerous, don’t blame you for getting the hat

    • Bongo

      July 28, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Misaki, those hummingbirds can really get wild sometimes.

  15. tylersat99

    July 28, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Really like the hat Bongo, looks good. I didn’t know hummingbirds will dive-bomb that is something new. We have a feeder for them but we only have two so maybe they are both girls??

    • Bongo

      July 29, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      Thanks Lexie and Mica. It was a surprise to my person and me to see those hummingbirds dive-bomb. There are a lot of them on my trails this year so we see them almost every day, but only once did we see them dive-bombing.

  16. Dianda

    July 29, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Aren’t they hunting for insects??

    • Bongo

      July 29, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      Dianda, my person got online to see what they were doing since we’ve never seem them doing this before. It turns out they were courting the girl hummingbirds.

  17. Bassas Blog

    July 30, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Wear a crash helmet Bongo! They sound dangerous!

    • Bongo

      July 30, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      Bassa, I’m off to the crash helmet store right now. Do they have stores in Georgia that specialize in crash helmets? My person says I will probably have to look for a motorcycle store here. I don’t get it.

  18. Zen and Genki

    August 21, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Poetry from a new POV – I love it, Bongo!

    • Bongo

      August 21, 2012 at 11:44 pm

      Thanks Zen and Genki. Sometimes I wish I had those hummingbird’s POV, but I guess mine is pretty good.


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