Has it ever crossed your mind that hummingbirds look kind of like tiny flying dolphins? It hadn't crossed ours. That's until we imagined what it would be like to have a prolonged close-up view of the little flying critters, that is.
The elusive birds buzz around at such a speed that it's hard to get a good look. But one man has allowed us to dream: JR Gordon of Lyons, Colorado, has designed and built a wearable device that straps to a user's head and attracts hummingbirds to feed mere centimeters from the wearer's eyes.
The device, which was made by attaching tiny plastic feeders to eyeglasses, is only one of several clever devices that hummingbird-lover, Gordon has created with the aim of attracting the creatures with sugar water so as to view them up close.
“I’ve been feeding them for six years. …I’m at the JR Lazy G Ranch, and my father had been feeding them here for decades before I moved in after his passing, Gordon told the Lyons Recorder.
"I put out four to five feeders, and have counted as many as 30 birds at a time feeding together," he explained.
If you love miniature models and miniature buildings you'll likely love this creation: Gordon, dubbed by his local newspaper as the Humminbird Whisperer with good reason, also created "The Hummer's Cafe" — a small model cafe and miniature water park built for hummingbirds to cool off in the summer heat.
In the caption for the above video, Gordon posted: "The Hummer’s Cafe just opened our new combination water park – sand lot picnic area."
We have to say that Gordon's is a particularly ingenious DIY device, and for nature lovers the world over, seeing this might cause them to think "why didn't I think of that first?"
Who knows, maybe something resembling this primitive wearable device could be used to help test that bird-spotting AI we wrote about last week.