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.

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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.

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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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