Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Hummer Wars!

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!

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