Just had to share - I was just out in my backyard and a hummingbird flew past me so close that I flinched! I remember when I was about ten our family was vacationing at a secluded lake at the end of a long, bumpy, horribly narrow, logging road in northern British Columbia - I saw a hummingbird's nest. I felt like the luckiest person in the whole wide world!
My wife had one hovering beside her as she tended to our herb garden the other day. She said she could have easily touched him (I'm assuming it was male because it is so early in the season for us - we haven't seen too many yet).
I frequently dine on the back deck near our hummingbird feeder. The male and female ruby-throated hummingbirds often visit the feeder early in the morning and in the evening. Thus, they're often flitting and hovering about as I work at my "feeder." They're very comfortable as long as I sit quietly. They frequently alight on a metal plant hanger near the feeder. Often I can watch them fly to a nearby maple tree where they sit. Last evening I was lucky enough to see one stick out its long, tongue.
I like hummingbirds, but they aren't real common where I live. On the other hand I was sitting on our front step a few minutes ago and suddenly had a road runner flash across the yard about 3' in front of me, followed by a bunch of her chicks. They are feeding all around our yard the last week or so.
Apparently mama road runner came around the corner of the garage and saw me and took off like a rocket and the chicks simply followed her.