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
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...
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" though the odd one tries - and is promptly outnumbered!
A massive garden would be loved 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 They don't do a very good pruning job
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.
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.
I guess I'm glad we've got mostly Anna's then The one rufous tried very hard to own both but he got outnumbered
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 and force them to head up the hill like they used to do...
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!
I'd never think of you as being one! I know life gets in the way of dA
I wish I was down to two birds 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 Bryan came in this morning "complaining" about how I've disrupted nature 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 I know I won't stop but I do wonder if I could encourage more to move on
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 but rubies may be more determined than the anna's
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 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