18 thoughts on “The Old Man and the Squee

  1. Alison May 14, 2016 / 2:05 pm

    So sweet. Can anyone translate?

  2. Arne May 14, 2016 / 2:10 pm

    A commenter on Youtube called Nisim Dahan has transcribed and translated it for us.

    Hey, eat, eat, eat, eat here, we’re going to film here, come here, here, just here, let’s talk close up [to the videographer], see? That’s it. And, wait, come here, here now, [?], That’s it, just look, come here, come here, that’s it, that’s it, let’s go back to the video camera, there, s / he’s filming, s / he’s filming, that’s it, you sit on my finger, [? -something about honey],

    look at that, he spends all day calling for me, shamelessly, he comes and circles and circles and circles me, I’ve been letting him call me for half an hour now, this is the grown son, his mother Introduced him to me here, and left him here on my windowsill there, and he’s used to this now, comes calling for here me all the team, all the team , right ?, so, that’s right, sit on my finger, come here, here come a little longer, sit here, eat, eat, eat, that’s it, a little longer,

    to take advantage of the filming, do you see? , right there … that’s right, drink, right close to the camera, you do not want any more? You do not? I’ll put it away. Now. It’s put away. [He covers the feeder.] I leave it covered there, and he comes all the team, flying around me, calling, calling, and I get it, I come here, and I serve him.

  3. Mariana May 14, 2016 / 2:52 pm

    Yeah, even though that translation is not totally accurate you get the gist. There’s not really anything about honey being said and where it reads team it should read time.

    The accent and manner of speaking of Sr João and his way with the bird is simply delightful.
    Such a lovely video

  4. Murray C. May 14, 2016 / 3:42 pm

    It’s wonderful! And that’s a pretty big honkin’ hummingbird! I wonder what kind it is. Sigh, if only more people were engaged with nature what a wonderful world it could be.

    • Phred's Mom May 14, 2016 / 4:14 pm

      I totally agree, Murray.
      We humans have felt ourselves to be the be-all
      and end-all of the world for too long. Welp, maybe
      that’s not a good phrase for what I mean. We could,
      indeed, be the end-all. We were just marvelling
      today about how the clematis somehow “knows”
      where the trellis is and goes right to it. There is
      way more going on out there that we are so far
      incapable of understanding, much less even being
      aware of. Nature is a never-disappointing marvel.

      • Faye May 14, 2016 / 6:02 pm

        I too am amazed by vines reaching out to a specific spot. Possibly slight variations in temperature. It’s like the opposite of when your senses help you avoid furniture walking in a dark room.

        • Murray C. May 14, 2016 / 6:09 pm

          I’m still amazed at how a seed turns into a specific plant! I remember my first garden and I planted morning glories, Bells of Ireland and a bunch of other flowers and was gobsmacked how each seed knew what to become and how different plants disperse their seeds – weeds in particular, the buggers. Ah, what would a garden be without weeds.

  5. Gigi_the cat lady May 14, 2016 / 3:47 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a hummingbird sit still for this long! He really must feel safe!

  6. Kar May 14, 2016 / 4:40 pm

    I’m surprised that he doesn’t have twenty swarming all over him! I guess hummingbirds are pretty shy.

    He obviously have a special relationship with this little guy.

  7. Faye May 14, 2016 / 5:17 pm

    When the Hummingbird came in the second time the man called I gasped out loud. What great friends. The hovering in midair to interact on a human height level is beautiful. It is edifying to see the man appreciate the “small things” in life. We all rush around too much.

  8. Alice Shortcake May 14, 2016 / 5:54 pm

    I’ve just unofficially adopted this man as my grandfather.

    • Faye May 14, 2016 / 5:57 pm


      • amyliz May 14, 2016 / 6:22 pm

        Yes, what a lovely man and what an amazing friendship he has formed with a tiny creature! Love it!

  9. Julie May 14, 2016 / 6:49 pm

    Hey Nom Tom – you often refer to your comments as “snarky” which has always puzzled me.

    According to the Google dictionary, “snarky” is an adjective that means “sharply critical; cutting; snide”

    I’ve never thought of what you do in that way. I think what you do is add wit, charm and humor. But never snark.

      • Faye May 14, 2016 / 8:38 pm


  10. sugitomo May 14, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    What cuties! The both of them!

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