I'm stuck on hummingbirds right now. They are so entertaining that I can't get enough of watching them. I have a ring-side seat right in front of the nectar feeders--four of them--and the birds don't seems to mind. With this intimate view, I see lots of interesting behaviors.
And then there are the times that I see two males settle on the feeder together. Wow, I think, a couple of no-nonsense travelers with no time to quarrel. Below you'll see a series of images of a male perched as a juvenile joins him on the feeder, another fun moment. After watching the loud buzzing and high-speed dives of some of the males who perform these maneuvers from high oak limbs, watching a juvenile settle beside a male on the nectar feeder feels like a sweet moment even if the motivations are far from it.
For more images and stories about this year's Ruby-throated hummingbirds, visit Delightful Hummingbird Fledglings, Hummer Smiles and Surprises, and Peak Hummingbird Viewing Days. To read more about how banding hummingbirds is helping us to discover many new things about their migration, visit Hummingbird Banding. You might also enjoy seeing my sketch of a Downy Woodpecker and a hummer at the feeder together. They actually did drink from the feeder at the same time.
For more resources and information about hummingbirds, visit The Hummer/Bird Study Group.
For the Love of It...
...the sage sees heaven reflected in Nature as in a mirror, and he pursues this Art, not for the sake of gold or silver, but for the love of the knowledge which it reveals.