Hummers Part II

A new day and the feeding frenzy has escalated.  Seven or more hummingbirds have descended on the garden.  Another hummer has claimed the second feeder leaving the others to fight for it.

I was watching from a window and saw the hummingbirds acting differently and went out to see what was going on.  It turns out that hummers aren’t the only ones interested in the sugar water.  A green anole was blocking their access.

And the birds were not happy.

The anole eventually climbed up on the stand and encroached on the hummingbird’s perch.  The bird tried going after the lizard with its needle-like bill.

The anole was steadfast.

The hummingbird was not amused.

The hummer sat on its perch for a few minutes trying not to look at the lizard, while the anole may have been wondering if it could swallow the little bird.

In the end, the anole outlasted the hummers who finally met their match.

 


19 Comments on “Hummers Part II”

  1. Christina says:

    Exciting times. How wonderful to have so many humming birds in the garden at once. They seem so exotic here as there aren’t any in Europe. Perhaps you don’t need the feeders as you have so many flowers.

  2. shoreacres says:

    Just yesterday I heard a discussion about preying mantises and feeders.If you see one of those lurking about the feeder, the guys said to knock it off, because an adult mantis will take on hummingbirds, and sometimes the mantis wins.

  3. pbmgarden says:

    What a funny little exchange of wills!

  4. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Such excitement in the garden! You’ve posted such terrific photos of this contretemps. Very interesting about the preying mantises too.

  5. gaiainaction says:

    Such lovely little creatures, lovely to watch.

  6. FlowerAlley says:

    This is wonderful. Great job.

  7. tonytomeo says:

    Oh my! How funny! Hummingbirds always win! Everyone is intimidated by an angry hummingbird!

  8. Great pictures, the hummers go down the west coast so I see 3 or 4 a year.

  9. Deb says:

    Delightful post! Never know that anoles liked sugar water! … but than again a sweet drink is a treat to quite a few critters ,humans included!😀


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