Hi everyone! Wow! Did we have an exciting day last week. On Tuesday, May 19th a pair of male Ruby-throated Hummingbirds waged a fierce all day battle for the rights to our backyard. I noticed them first thing in the morning when I took the dogs out for their bathroom duties.
Throughout the day I would glance out the window and see them still going at it.
Occasionally they would both land on the feeder and both would take some sips from the feeder.
But that wouldn’t last long and they would be at it again.
They were so consumed by their turf battle that I was able to get within about 8 feet to take these pictures. I also took some video of the action that you can see below. The video is a bit long but that was after I cut it down from the 20 clips I took of them. I apologize that the birds aren’t always in the best focus but I wanted to demonstrate how fierce some of the action was. The camera had difficulty focusing on the small birds and instead would focus on the background. If you listen closely you can hear when they hit each other. You can also see that they seem to take turns being the one on the feeder and the one trying to knock the other off.[vimeo https://vimeo.com/129004352]
If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.
At times one of the birds would be on the feeder.
While the other was on top of the hook holding the feeder. It seemed that the one on top would not see when the other flew onto the feeder.
There were brief periods of rest between skirmishes. I caught this picture of them both preening while sitting on the trellis in the perennial garden.
I was getting exhausted watching this battle going on. It continued all day long until after sundown. (Yes, I turned off the lights in the kitchen and looked out at about 8:30 pm to see them still going at it) The next day only one male hummingbird remained. I would like to think the loser of the battle flew on to find his own territory.
I hope you have enjoyed this edition of Wild Bird Wednesday and will take some time to stop by the blog hop host too.