Hummingbird Update

August 31st, 2009

The Ruby-throated Hummingbird activity has been good here for most of the past week. We now have three feeders up and each one has an “owner”. The activity at this point is about average for us this time of the year. Except for last year, we rarely see more than four or five hummingbirds at a time. According to the local authorities on hummingbirds, you can estimate you have about six times the number of hummingbirds you see at one time in your yard. Based on that, it is safe to say we have between twenty-four and thirty Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the yard. Good times.

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

August 23rd, 2009

I went out on the deck to take a few pictures of the hummingbirds today. While watching them later, I had one male snapping insects out of the air about four feet from my head. I also was buzzed by a few of them during the afternoon chases. I love this time of the year.

I Love The Morning

August 12th, 2009

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I think my favorite pictures are when the sun peeks over the trees.

Don’t Tread On Me

August 10th, 2009

I had the biggest laugh this evening on the deck thanks to the pugnacious attitude of one of the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. I had decided to sit on the deck this evening and try to get a hummingbird picture or two. Once I got out there I realized that I really just needed to let them get comfortable with me being around. I set my camera up on the tripod right in front of me and waited to see who was going to be the first brave individual to stop at the feeder. I had watched several of the little jewels visit the feeder port on the back side of the feeder. After a while of sitting out there, I caught a glimpse of one of them darting from the tree to the feeder in front of me. No sooner had it arrived at the feeder, a Tufted Titmouse decided to fly towards the general area of the hummingbird. Its original intention was probably to sit on the hanger holding the feeder. Before the Titmouse reached its landing spot, the hummingbird at the feeder, launched itself into the air and spun around to greet the trespasser. This alarmed the Titmouse enough to stop it mid-air and send it back to the safety of the tree. No dice. The Ruby-throated hummingbird had locked in on the Titmouse and wanted it gone. This poor little Titmouse flew from branch to branch trying to get away from its assailant. I have no idea how far it chased the Titmouse as I lost site of it going over the tree tops. I am sure the Titmouse will look around a little more carefully before returning to the deck again for dinner.

Bluebirds And Hummingbirds

August 4th, 2009

Finally got a chance to see the Eastern Bluebirds fledging. There may still be one or more in the nest. This makes at least the third brood out of the nestbox this year. Also the Ruby-throated Hummingbird numbers are up. It still looks like a light turnout, however at least we can see several visits a day now. Had the buck White-tailed Deer visit the cracked corn feeder this evening. He jumped the fence and joined the doe that was already feeding. They stood next to each other eating for several minutes. Good day! Jim

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