There is a scene in Disney’s Finding Nemo that is brilliantly funny. Seagulls, the obnoxious rodents of the skies, are slumming around the harbor in Sydney, Australia, looking for vittles, and ready to claim anything that looks remotely edible as theirs and theirs alone. In case you need a refresher, here’s the scene:

It amuses me the animators gave this very human characteristic to name it and claim it to these gulls. I see a similar scenario playing outside my kitchen window all the time. I have a hummingbird feeder that I fill with simple syrup that I make myself (I call it methctar because my little hummers are addicts. When I place a new batch out and it’s late afternoon, there can be as many as a dozen little zoomers vying for a place at the table. My son Josh says it’s like a pub full of regulars). They are ravenous little creatures. I have to make a new batch everyday.

Lately there’s been a ruby-throated male who has gone all “Mine!” with the feeder. He will perch on top of it like he’s a pirate guarding stolen treasure. He’ll chase away any other hummer with aerial warfare that is impressive to watch if it wasn’t so audacious. 

It’s like he thinks he’s the one buying 10-pound bags of sugar at Costco and making the concoction every morning and washing out the feeder and filling it and cleaning out the saucepan and all that.

He guards it like he owns it. And yet if you could ask the little feller where this motherlode of methctar comes from and how is it that it magically refills every day, he’d probably turn to you in all his scarlet-necked plumage and say, “I don’t care about that. It’s mine. Off you go!”

How funny it is that he can look at the bounty he sits on and think he somehow makes it happen just by claiming ownership. There’s a lesson in there somewhere, dontcha think??

Author: Susan

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  1. Jackie S. on February 29, 2012 at 12:45 am

    You have hummers already?!?!? Oh, I love having hummers, but ours don't come until May….stay around 'til October. We have 25 or so at times…..fantastic birds.
    We live in NE Georgia.

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