Rumble at the feeder! One thing I’ve learned from Stephen Barnard and other readers is that hummingbirds, however cute, are tough little bastards, constantly fighting each other over access to territory, food, and females. But somehow that makes them even cuter.
Stephen, who’s been watching and photographing a lot of hummingbirds lately, has now taken to making videos. Fortunately, they’re on Flickr and I can embed them here. So today we have two reader photographs (a hummingbird and a common nighthawk), and two videos of hummers. Stephen’s captions are indented:
The Rufous Hummingbird shot shows a surprise attack at the feeder. I’ve been shooting some decent hummer videos and putting them on Facebook. I’ll try uploading to Flickr and send you links.
And two hummer videos:
“Hummer feeding frenzy”:
“Black-chinned pwns Rufous”:
The second photo:
There are dozens of Common Nighthawks [Chordelles minor] feeding over the creek right now.