Why do humming birds hum? Because they don’t know the words! New pics

This week I’ve had a couple of visitors stop by the house. They sort of eat and run- or should I say “eat and fly“..?

While drawing earlier this week I noticed a couple of hummingbirds had come back to visit us. The two feeders had become empty due to the summer heat.

I mixed up some more food and refilled them, and apparently word got back to the hummingbirds that the open bar was open again.

They hadn’t been as frequent about stopping by this year until recently. Guess the feeders had been dry longer than I thought!

There was a grey one and a green one. It was a blast to watch them chase each other around the back yard and over the neighbor’s house.

I took these shots through the back patio door with Nicki’s Nikon D5100 at various shutter speeds and exposures. I had to be kinda sneaky- any sudden moves from me and they’d zoom off.

I had to turn off the auto-focus. They were just too fast and small, and the camera kept wanting to focus on the brick wall behind them.

Sometimes they would hover or sit for 30 seconds to a minute or more, other times they only hung out for a second or two. It’s amazing just how fast these little birds are.

While eating breakfast out on the patio the other morning I had one buzz my head, and then hover in front of me for a few seconds before buzzing off over the back fence.

I mostly get to see them while working on Transformers and Deadworld sketchcards in the dining room. The lighting is better in there than the Batcave, but it can get a bit warmer with the evening sun.

Harley Quinn has been watching them, too. Her jaw quivers and she makes a weird clicking noise like the Predator while watching birds. Funny and kinda freaky at the same time.

When she and Jarael go outside the hummingbirds and other birds like to tease our two cats.

The weather has been cooler than our usual mid-August Elvis Week so the hummingbirds have been pretty active. Hopefully they know they’re welcome around here anytime!




Lin has been an artist and screen printer in the t-shirt industry for over 25 years and was a graphic artist designing monuments for 5 years. Lin is the creator of the web-comic Scared Silly and was co-creator of the self-published comic book series Bushi Tales (with Pencil Neck Studios partner Dave Beaty). He currently runs a geek travel blog and cartoon site- HaveGeekWillTravel.com. Lin has also done his fair share of freelance art for clients such as Coca-Cola, the Memphis Riverkings (CHL), Topps, Kevin Paige (CD cover art), 96X, and Rock103.. Lin has done mural work for Pancho’s, McDonald’s and Fitzgerald’s Casino, and his artwork has also appeared in The Memphis Flyer, Commercial Appeal, Airbrush Action Magazine, Amazing Figure Modeler, Stargodz (comic book with Conquest Studios), on Rock103 (Wake Up Crew web comic) and The Outdoor Channel’s websites, the MSCA (Mid-South Cartoonists Association) comics It Came From Beneath The Drawing Board and Overdrawn and Underwritten, in author Christa Michael’s first book – Ramblings With Redde: Why Does My Life Seem Like A Bad “B” Flick?, and Comic Geek Speak’s CGS:The End comic. Lin was a volunteer for the Memphis Ronald McDonald House, and an artist and scare-crew member for the Haunted Web Of Horrors charity haunted house (which benefited Youth Villages). He was named the Memphis Ronald McDonald House’s Special Events Volunteer of the Year in 2001, and again with RMH ‘A-Team’ and Nightmarez/HauntedWeb.com co-horts Patrick French and Todd Patton in 2002. He was awarded the “Superman Of Metropolis” award as a guest artist at the 2005 Metropolis Superman Celebration, and was the Artist Guest Of Honor at ShadowconXIII in 2009 and in 2012. He has also won two M.A.R.S. (Memphis Area Radio Stations) awards for writing and voicing radio commercials, and was awarded a 2012 President’s Volunteer Service Award by Volunteer Northwest Mississippi, a volunteer center of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, in conjunction with the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and the Corporation for National & Community Service. Lin served as the President and Vice-President of the Mid-South Cartoonists Association (MSCA) for 4 years and 9 years, respectively. He is currently a member of the MSCA and DeSoto Arts Council in North Mississippi. He is married to Nicki Workman, and has 3 cats- Jarael, Harley Quinn, and Lex.

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  1. Hi Lin,
    This is your Mom’s cousin, Nancy. Love your photos. Hope you and your family are doing well.
    My DH and I enjoy taking photos of our Hummingbirds, deer, other birds, etc. Some of our photos are on our pbase site.
    Take care.

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