There’s Always One

There is always one hummingbird that decides it will be the bully and guard of the food source. Hummingbirds seem like such cute little birds, but they can be very vicious to each other and even to large birds.  This little bird is spending its days chasing away any creature that comes near the feeders or flowers.

Right now there are 3 to 4 hummers in the garden.  That works out well when the dominate bird chases another away, the third one can grab some nectar.

My garden is filled with hummingbird friendly flowers, such as this Cigar Plant (Cuphea ignea)…

and a Hummingbird Bush (Hamelia patens). Plus beds filled with nectar producing flowers in the back and front yards.  Yet, it is an endless fight all day long with the bully attacking and knocking the other hummers away.

And does the bully feel bad about this at all?  Ppptttthhh, the hummingbird  just sticks out its tongue and continues its reign of terror.

12 Comments on “There’s Always One”

  1. shoreacres says:

    I think anyone who’s watched these birds has seen the truth of what you say. There is always one, and they can be as amusing to us as they probably are distressing to the other hummers!

  2. Tina says:

    The chase is on in my garden too as they ramp up for migration. I’ve been trying to get photos and just as my camera focuses, the subject zooms off as he/she is persued by another. Little scamps.

  3. janesmudgeegarden says:

    These are things we don’t know about hummingbirds. We just see tiny jewel-like creatures and think how lovely they are! But we have bullying birds in our garden too!

  4. tonytomeo says:

    I probably mentioned before that hummingbirds can chase away arborists who get too close to their nests. Arborists are not afraid of much, but will not mess with an angry hummingbird.

  5. pbmgarden says:

    Yes, they’re very territorial. That Cuphea is lovely.

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