Hummer Madness

Hummingbird madness descended on the Automatic Garden this morning.  The little birds are impossible to count, but there may have been nearly 10 participating in a feeding frenzy.  The little Ruby Throated hummers are also impossible to photograph, but these pictures give an idea of the action.


The sparring was rampant.  Little bodies clashed with thudding sounds and dropped to the ground.  Bees were chased away by screeching hummers using their beaks like swords.


There were moments of rest between fights.

DSC_0451Clever hummingbirds took advantage of the feeders while the rest of the birds chased each other.

This group will probably be here a day or two during their migration, loading up on nectar from Hummingbird Bush, Cigar Plant, Bottlebrush, Salvias, Mist Flowers and good old sugar in the feeders.

I wish them well on their trip south and the garden will be ready for the Ruby Throated Hummingbirds’ return.

8 Comments on “Hummer Madness”

  1. Tina says:

    They provide wonderful entertainment!! I wonder if they ever knock each other out??

  2. mattb325 says:

    They are such amazing little birds – well done on being able to capture them in a moment of rest!

  3. Oh, I see them, it took a couple sips of wine and they miraculously appeared! I have had a bit of an annoying afternoon. Very cool. We get dragonflies like that sometimes – my husband calls them the Army Air Force!

  4. Sheryl says:

    You are so lucky to be on the migration path of hummingbirds. They are always fairly rare here, and I don’t think that I saw any this year.

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