Hummer ManiaPosted: September 27, 2021
I now have more than ten migrating hummingbirds enjoying a stop-over in my garden.
I tired to post a video showing all the manic midair jousting, but I couldn’t get it to work.
So instead, I sat in the backyard with my camera ready to get some action shots.
I have five feeders up.
Each feeder has a “guard” that chases other hungry hummers away.
I believe most of the hummingbirds are Ruby Throated juveniles.
They are so intent on feeding, I can sit on the porch just five feet away and watch all the action.
This individual is definitely a mature male and is in charge of this feeder.
When getting access to the sugar water fails, the hummingbirds can always feed on the flowers I grow for them, such as this salvia.
Another hummer favorite is the Cigar Plant, Cuphea ignea.
A cold front has moved into the area, which means for us that temperatures will only be in the mid 80’s, but it could be a signal for the hummingbirds to move on. Luckily, our winter climate is just right for hummingbirds from the far Northwest and Alaska. The flowers and feeders will be ready for them.