For some, it's almost a way of life. My friend hangs a feeder from the tree branch outside of her window. She attracts the birds, day after day, all year long, by the dozen. They perform antics and she benefits. "I like the way they jockey for position!" she said.
Hummingbirds are among the smallest. I had a chance to learn from a much larger bird: a heron. My wife and I live in Bethany, Oregon, about a block from from Bronson Creek. Map below.
See the ponds and the blue line crossing the map from NE to SW? The blue line's the creek and the ponds are part of the low-lying wetland. Lots of critters live there in the wetland : ducks, coyotes, and herons.
My home lies to the right (i.e., to the east) of the "DR" in "NW Aberdeen DR", a block from the wetlands of Bronson Creek.
So, this past week I'm sitting at my desk and see a giant bird fly over my house. It landed on the chimney of a home just across the street. to the west of the D in "NW Aberdeen DR." Amazed, I stood up, grabbed my Windows phone and shot this photo: