T Rex Family

T Rex Family

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Wordful Wednesday - Humming Bird Friends...

The long awaited humming bird photos...

Our feeder has been Grand Central Station lately - or at least for the past month and a half. And since all the neighbors have feeders hanging off their back fences like us, it has become Hummingbird Lane!


Morning feeding...


Evening feeding...

For two weeks we had one male who dominated the feeder and only allowed 1 or 2 other females access. During this time the feeder went from needing to be filled every other day to a filling every 5 - 6 days. He would just camp out on the fence and attack anyone intruding on his feeder.


He would perch all day to ensure only those deemed "worthy" used the feeder.

Ariel "bird fighting" - experienced advice - don't get in the way!

In the past two days he has disappeared and a new hummer has taken over and is much more liberal with who she lets use the feeder. And we are back to filling every other day. I'm not sure what happened to him but he may have finally met his match or moved onto dominating another feeder.


Our new dominant hummer...

And last, but certainly not least, my favorite bird watching companion...



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24 comments:

angie said...

How can you tell the difference between males and females? Are the males more colorful?

Nicole said...

Great pictures! I havent seen a hummingbird in years. I know they are all over in the mountains, but here is the city, it's very rare to see them.

Caitlin said...

Beautiful pictures of beautiful birds. And I LOVE Thomas' expression in that one picture!

Glad the hummingbird "Bully" has moved on...

Staci said...

great pics! Our birds seem to be MIA this year :(

LifeAtTheCircus.com said...

Great pictures! How exciting to have such frequent feather friends to observe!!

septembermom said...

I wish we had a bird feeder. You get such lovely visitors. Great photos!

T Rex Mom said...

In regards to Angie's question about telling females from males - I looked up photos of the hummers. But the male of this species has the dark head. That's how I could tell.

Muthering Heights and Other Senseless Sensibility said...

They're so pretty!

Happy said...

So cool that you captured such great pictures!

Life with Kaishon said...

Look at those big blue eyes watching the birds : ) He is a cutie! : )

Brenda said...

Wow! Amazing pictures!

Brimful Curiosities said...

Humming birds are amazing. We get them on occasion. Always a treat.

BoufMom9 said...

Oh how cool! I LOVE hummingbirds and our new home has a few nests in my trumpet vines!!!

Fantastic photos!

Happy WW!

blueviolet said...

I love watching the hummingbirds. We put a feeder up about a week ago and attendance is light but a few times a day, we spot one.

Nina said...

My mom does the humming bird feeders and always has several.

I thought the dominate male part was pretty funny. So what did you do to get in the way? LOL....

Karen @ If I Could Escape . . . said...

Great photos -- makes me want to go and get a bird feeder for our garden! Your son is a cutie!

Happy WW to you!

Susie said...

Great capture!

Aunt Julie said...

Guess I know where all of my hummers went...YOUR house! Enjoy.

AD said...

Beautiful Pictures!! A great way for kids to learn about these beautiful birds!

Ryanne said...

Those little guys fly so fast... have yet to get a good picture of one. Nicely done. It is nice to have a cute companion for such fun...he is adorable!

Mama Zen said...

Awesome captures!

Auntie E said...

Nina said your blog was her favorite on my Aloha Friday post today. I agree I just love the Hummingbird photos and the content. I will add your blog to my blog roll. have a wonderful day

Jenners said...

Your photos come out wonderfully!!! Love them! I'm very impressed! And the ones we have are very territorial ... I've never seen them eat at the same time EVER! That is why we have 3 different feeders ... so everyone can have a chance and they stop fighting!

Kim said...

We are big bird watchers too but don't have any feeders up. At Deaglan's grandparent's home, we see hummingbirds but not as many as you guys!