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.