Hummer Mania

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.


20 Comments on “Hummer Mania”

  1. Anonymous says:

    You have have the right touch.

  2. Lucky you and lucky hummers. I can just hear the hum between them when they’re flying near your house. “Be sure to go to the Automatic Gardener Lady, She’ll treat you right!”

  3. pbmgarden says:

    So fun! You really captured the mood of these beautiful creatures.

  4. Tina says:

    Nice set of shots! They’re so hard to get, especially when they’re moving, which is most of the time. I’ll miss mine when they’re gone.

  5. Great pictures, that took some patience! I was chasing a new butterfly around this morning with no luck!

  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice that you have laid out the welcome buffet! I always look forward to their return here in early May, so I know how thrilling it is to have them arrive. I plant cuphea and salvia for them as well as a couple pots of hanging lantana. Most have already headed south, but we see a few stragglers up to frost.

  7. shoreacres says:

    My pair (or trio) seems to have departed. I just refilled the feeders, and will cross my fingers that some come. They’re hung in a spot where I can’t see them from my desk, so that could be part of the problem. I only see them when I’m walking past the sliding glass door that opens on to the patio. If I swapped them out, I’d be missing all the other bird activity — not to mention the squirrels.

  8. janesmudgeegarden says:

    How delightful to have these tiny birds visiting your garden. The photo is the bird with the salvia is a cracker!

  9. Deb says:

    Lovely photos! Do you have any sugar left?!😁 I haven’t seen a hummer lately on the lantana but the butterflies are enjoying them for a bit until cold comes.


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