Hummingbird CompetitionPosted: October 5, 2018
Unbelievably, the gang of Hummingbirds are still visiting my feeders. I have never had this many Hummers for this amount of time. At times, there are up to twelve birds fighting for the sugar water. I’ve been spending my days observing the tiny birds and was watching them from my kitchen window, when an interesting scenario began playing out. I grabbed my camera and started shooting through the window.
It was early in the evening when the feeding frenzy really ramps up and a new visitor appeared. The reddish brown creature is a Hummingbird Moth, which many mistake as a baby hummingbird. I had an entomologist identify one before and its proper name is Mournful Sphinx Moth (Enyo lugbris).
At first the moth couldn’t quite figure out how the feeder worked.
Before long it found the feeder’s hole. Needless to say, the Hummingbird was not happy and it actually poked the moth. The little Hummingbird Moth was not bothered and fed until it was full.
I took a chance, went outside and managed to get a photo before the moth took off to work on the flowers.
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