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Friday, April 4, 2014

Feeding Frenzy?

Each day more hummingbirds visit our feeders.  So far I've seen only the Black-chinned Hummingbirds, but there are a couple of other species that might show up here.

I have 4 feeders in various locations outside our motorhome...  our daughter, who house is maybe 100' behind us, has at least 4 feeders, maybe 5, hanging from their wrap-around porch.  During the summer these feeders are filled daily...  there is so much activity.

This morning, just as it was getting light, our feeders were bombarded with so many hummers I couldn't keep count.  It was barely daylight and I had a time trying to adjust the camera's speed and light to accommodate their quick movements.  I can easily count a dozen in some of my photos...  but there were more....  zipping in and out of range...  chasing each other from the feeders....  it looked like a real feeding frenzy!





The feeder that is nearly all red got the most activity.  That feeder's been up the longest and maybe they're just more used to it.  The striped feeder gets the least activity, although these two feeders are only a about 3-4' apart.  

I have a feeder on our back window...  it seems to get a constant flow of birds, but not nearly the activity of the red one.

And...  my favorite feeder...   the one just outside the window where Bill & I sit....
Look at the little bully perched on top.  He claimed this one as his own and dive-bombs any other hummer that attempts to feed.

Although we have continual activity all day long, it is at daylight, and again at dusk that it just gets crazy.

One thing...   I don't have to worry about the sugar water fermenting or otherwise going bad....  it just doesn't last that long!

That's All For Today!


12 comments:

  1. Reminds me of the feeding frenzies I had at Dinosaur Nat'l Monument when I volunteered there. I had to fill two feeders at least twice a day for three months. What a hoot!

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  2. Do they knock at the door for refills. I once had one knock on my nose to let me know his feeder was empty.

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  3. Wow - I'd be loving that! We get a few coming through here at the end of July, but nothing like what you're seeing!

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  4. How fun! I've never had lots of hummers at once, but someday... Love the photos of all the birds at once. Lucky you! :)

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  5. I have never seen something like that! I thought they were too aggressive to get along. At my place there is usually one male controlling 3 feeders. He rushes down on every other hummingbird that might try and chases it away. Even when the little ones are coming in August, there are no more than one or two flying around, and NEVER sitting together. I would really love to see that kind of frenzy with my own eyes! Amazing.

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  6. Wow that is truly amazing, so nice that you were able to capture the moments and share with us.

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  7. I too have to fill feeders at least once a day in summer and it is a feeding frenzy but I love watching them.

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  8. We have a couple of those feeders up and some hummers come every day, but not near as many as you have. Wow, what a sight!!

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  9. There is always a bully!
    It's so much fun to watch them when they are all cooperating.

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  10. What a wonderful experience! I haven't seen a hummingbird up close in a very long time,
    - Mary Ann

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  11. getting caught up, Sharon … oh, man do I ever remember the Easter Bonnet… a complete necessity. I always got the hat with the long ribbon in back … haha .. Mary Jane's and nylon socks.. man oh man

    Goldfinches are soooo pretty flitting about … well, or perched… ha

    Great picture of you and Bill and George and Suzie … finally got caught up on his blog… what fun! and good lord! look at the hummingbirds! just beautiful …

    love your new Bluebonnet header!

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  12. I miss hummingbirds and I miss feeders! No hummers here and, with these two cats, no feeders for anything else either! I am stunned by how many birds you have at your feeders.

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