Hummingbird wars!! Yes, we have been the host home for some truly territorial wars lately. We have the best seat in the house….literally! We are able to view four hummingbird feeders from our sunroom. The other feeder can be viewed from the dining room.
It seems arial hummingbird combat is pretty high right now and most likely will continue until the middle of September. At this time they will begin to realize that migration is about to begin. They will need all the food they have been eating to be stored as energy for this long journey to Mexico and South America. They don’t need to be wasting all their energy dive bombing each other. At this time they will begin to settle down and feed more peacefully with each other. A few weeks after this occurs most all of these fascinating birds will be gone until late March when they will once again ready themselves for another migration.
Needless to say these little birds are very territorial. We have been especially fascinated by one little Ruby-throated Hummingbird that seems to enjoy sitting on top of the pole the feeder is attached to. He sits on the very top and stands guard over the feeder. Whenever another hummer attempts to eat from the feeder he dive bombs and chases that hummer off. Every now and then he allows a particular hummer to eat from the feeder and at times he sips from the sweet nectar himself….perks of the job.
Do we know this is a male? No, actually both the male and/or the female can defend a feeder (after breeding season is over). In fact, several different hummers may take turns defending the feeder during a day. It does appear that this particular hummer really likes to perch on top so he can observe his domain a little better.
At times we have observed as many as 15 Hummingbirds flying around on the patio waiting turns to sip from the feeders. They do chase each other off but they continue to swarm waiting turns to slip in for some food. Even as it is pouring rain, he still sits on the pole and guards his food…. Nature at its best!!