At last the exciting part of summer has arrived! And that means: Hummer Wars. Those aggressive little birds are out in force fighting for territorial rights over food sources. I've finally seen the dominant female (that always seems to "own" the southeast nectar feeder) taking issue with an interloper. Probably her own offspring! and chases are sure to be seen the rest of the season. I have also been buzzed by a hummer while inspecting Helianthus flowers too closely. This year there are even more sources of food for the little devils (many more hummer-friendly wildflowers) and so the fights may get even more challenging. Can one or two birds defend them all? We shall see!
This Wingscapes BirdCam enthusiast and keeper of a well-stocked "bird cafe" has been watching birds in Cary for over 18 years. I adopted the BirdCam in December 2007 and have been working with the product daily, recording over 35 species locally and gaining significant experience with the use of this amazing device. I'm not a "power birder." While I enjoy birdwatching in the field, I appreciate the simple delights of the birds found in my own backyard or in places just down the street. These are truly interesting places and I never tire of the little stories told every day in those places. The birds are central to this experience, but expect me to talk about the things that also are part of the birdwatching experience here at Cary BirdCam, from buying bird seed to crunching numbers in the logbook. Thanks for being a reader!