Ruby-throated Hummingbird activity

August 18th, 2008

The Ruby-throated Hummingbird activity has finally started to pick up. On Sunday morning, Susan and I were eating breakfast when we noticed four and sometimes five hummingbirds at a time fighting over the feeders on the deck. What was amazing about this is that none of them would back down. The playing field was completely level.

We quickly got ourselves out on the deck to get a closer look at the action. As usual, they were a little shy about feeding with us out there. It did not take long for all of the competition to resume though. There were three main players that waltzed around the feeders taking shots at each other. The two other hummingbirds were taking a “fly by” approach and striking one of the three main players on each pass. It was fascinating watching all of this take place a few feet from us. I was able to get a few pictures and hope there is something worth keeping once I get them developed. I sure am glad they all got through it without injury. Later, Jim

The hand that feeds you…

August 2nd, 2008

Friday morning, I added a small amount of hummingbird solution to a hanging feeder we weren’t using and took it outside onto the deck (where the camera is mounted). I seated myself near the hummingbird feeder that was already hanging up and held the other feeder steady on the arm of the chair in which I was sitting. There was a beautiful mature male ruby throat guarding the hanging feeder, but we also had activity from two female hummers as well. I continued to sit very quietly and after about 20 minutes, a female flew up to my handheld feeder and, at first, hovered at one of the ports. She then settled herself in on the perch and drank for about a minute. She was totally unfazed by the fact that I was holding the feeder and, luckily for her, the male was off chasing some other threat. She was beautiful and I marveled at being so close. After she flew, I didn’t stay out there much longer, but plan to sit out there tomorrow morning again. Oh, if you are seeing a hummingbird feeder on the bird cam, that is because I hung the extra one up when I was done with it, not realizing it was in the camera’s view. Consider it a bonus!

One side note: while Jim is NOT a fan of bees, I find them to be fascinating – going so far as to hand feed them bits of chicken once. Anyway, while I was waiting for the hummers on the deck, I noticed a small yellow jacket come to the hanging feeder and it had discovered that there was one hole on the beeguard that was just large enough for him to squeeze through to get at the hummingbird solution. He’d enter, apparently enjoy his newfound Nirvana for a few minutes, then he’d search several of the holes until he found the one by which he’d entered and make his way back out. He’d fly off and after several minutes, fly back and repeat the process. Bees and wasps can be a REAL nuisance around a hummingbird feeder and the hummers will back off if challenged, but this bee was just doing his thing and did not interfere with the hummers at all. I found it amazing.

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