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Getting closer to catching our summer bully! This little rufous hummingbird tries very hard to drive the two dozen Anna hummingbirds away from both feeders...ends up flying circles as the others seem to laugh at him :giggle:



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x-XMartinX-x Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful colours and lighting, great shot.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
these Rufus are pass through visitors so don't ever get quite as comfortable with me as the local Anna's that stay year round...but I love them!  They even sound different :love:
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x-XMartinX-x Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Interesting to know.
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glassreflections Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
What a cutie! Wonderful shot!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
:blowkiss: Thanks! I love his rusty color :love: so different from our regular green anna's!
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glassreflections Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love it when you get one oddball out of the bunch. :)
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
normally the rufous are only here for a few days early and late summer - on their way to somewhere else, I guess. So he really stands out! We had a black chinned pair last summer - haven't seen them again this year, sadly. They must have gone back up the mountain where they normally are and we only got them last year due to really late snow further up...
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glassreflections Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I've seen a few black chinned hummers around here; they're gorgeous!

We get rufous hummers here from late spring to late summer, so a few months, then they leave before winter. They love the massive garden we have.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
It would be fun to have more varieties but I think the anna's are more cooperative within their own species - lots of bickering but so far no "this is mine and NO body else can drink here" :laughing: though the odd one tries - and is promptly outnumbered!

A massive garden would be loved :heart: things are so dry around here during the summer, the only flowers are what is in my small deer-fenced garden along with some deer-resistant lavender and oleanders out along the driveway...anything else planted outside the fence would be nibbled very quickly! I even get the deer sticking their noses through the squares or standing on the edge and leaning over to get at the roses :rofl: They don't do a very good pruning job :shakefist:
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glassreflections Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Lol. I've actually never seen a rufous get super territorial... Maybe a few males fighting over females, but generally, they are okay drinking with other hummers around.

Our garden is about 6800 sq feet, and ~7000 sq feet counting our produce trees (apples, pears, plums and a cherry).

We have a ton of deer around where we live, but we have 9 foot fencing flanking our entire garden and back yard that they can't jump, but have regular 4 foot fencing around most everything else.

And haha, that must be funny to watch. I'm sure the deer are frustrated because we either have a wall of flowers on the fence line, or nothing. All the produce of the garden is on the inside of the fence line and they can't reach it. :laughing:
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honda-vfr Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
gorgeous shot, beautiful focus. those little guys can be a terror, for sure.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Thanks!! I love their sound :love: their squeak is very different from the regular anna's :love:
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DuncanJBerry Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice. I have not seen a hummingbird in my area in over three years...
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
I wonder why they've quit coming through...you have (usually) plenty of flowers to entice them :shrug:
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Good-e-nuf Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Nice one, Ruth!

Walt
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
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Good-e-nuf Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
I'm getting jealous!! All my hummers have been driven off by two Rufous terrorists!

Walt
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
how many feeders do you have? we've got the two and with only one rufous he doesn't seem to be able to dominate both...maybe you can put a feeder way in the back that the others can go to...
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Good-e-nuf Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
I have one, up front, with an owner and two in the back about 40 feet apart. Presently, all three have rather aggressive Rufous owners. I'd get them and take them for a ride, but they'd be home before I was! They won't pose for pictures either. I should be getting the south bounders by the end of August through November and then it's north again in mid February! I need a break from hummingbirds anyway.

Walt
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
I guess I'm glad we've got mostly Anna's then :laughing: The one rufous tried very hard to own both but he got outnumbered :giggle:

I was thinking about taking a break but I better not do it right now - I'm pretty much the sole source of food around here with everything being so dry...I might take the feeders down early next spring :shrug: and force them to head up the hill like they used to do...
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Good-e-nuf Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Sorry for the delay, I'm not being a snob!!! The last couple of weeks I've increased the intensity of my workouts and have paid the price by being tired. I find I have little time for photos or DA during the summer. I'm down to two birds, both Rufous, who refuse to cooperate. They'll leave in early September and will start getting the transients coming south. At the end of the month I go to 50:50 sugar water to attract the most birds. I never stop feeding as we have about 6-10 permanent residents to feed... and they are fun to watch! I hope all is well with you guys!

Walt
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
I'd never think of you as being one! I know life gets in the way of dA :giggle:

I wish I was down to two birds :faint: I fill the feeders (6 cups a day) just at sunset so that they're full first thing in the morning - I'm not as early of riser as they are :laughing: Bryan came in this morning "complaining" about how I've disrupted nature :rofl: there were so many hummers zipping around... but I feel so bad! Everything is so dry I've got pretty much the only source of food for them all :no: I know I won't stop but I do wonder if I could encourage more to move on :shrug:
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
really excellent Ruth
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
I love his startled 0.0 look :giggle: He didn't notice me when he came in to drink :laughing:
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea its a good one
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Loki7z Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Very nice!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Thank you!
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Loki7z Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
You are welcome!
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hokeywolfe Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Totally beautiful! Very good capture! :D
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
I haven't seen him in the last few days...maybe the anna's finally got tired of being bullied :giggle:
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hokeywolfe Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Ours are still hanging around -- Ruby Throats -- beating each other up over who gets to use a feeder and when. Have three feeders out; have to refill every couple of days; lots of nectar being drunk! :D
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
I know about the nectar consumption :faint: I make six cups every day for my two 10 seater feeders! I love when they swarm :giggle:
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hokeywolfe Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Ours don't swarm the feeders; they actually run each other away from the feeders; why we only hang out single position feeders. Neat the way they behave differently! :D
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Have you tried a larger seating ones? I've been thinking about this and wonder, it may be the differences between types but with more seats more birds show up and the harder the "boss" has to work and then with multiple feeders (out of sight of each other) the boss can't watch both at the same time so while he's busy at one, birds can feed at the other :shrug: but rubies may be more determined than the anna's :laughing:
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hokeywolfe Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Yes, have tried the multi seated feeders but to no avail; only one Hummer will come in at the time to feed. We do have several feeders out; one of which is out of sight of the other two.

Have recently learned that if we leave the feeders out, we'll get different varieties through out the year.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
You're in Florida so you might even get some of the more tropical visitors! With more choices to eat, you've got flowers all year long :laughing: it may be different - here everything except for in peoples gardens, is all dry and brown so they have to 'share'. We get the rufous and black chinned as they pass through on their spring and fall migrations...I'd expect that the Rubies would be with you year round...we've got Anna's all the time :nod:
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