Thanks for taking the initiative to start the new thread, Nanny. Great shot of your Hummer. I agree, that things have been slow this year. The hummers I have this year are not to use to me, because of all the rain we've had. They take off when I'm ready for a shot.
Two male hummers have formed a truce. The mature male has staked out the big feeder and the juvi has the two smaller ones. Sometimes the juvi flies around the perched mature one like he's trying to start a fight. The mature male couldn't care less.
Here's the juvi male -- at least I think it's a male. Seem to see a spot on the throat every now and then. I call him Metro for metrosexual. He's perched on my dead Japanese Maple.
I was sitting on the deck watching the bluebirds when a hummer came to the hummingbird feeder, followed closely by another. They both took off, buzzing within inches of my heard. Then they flew straight up and were quickly out of my sight. I was holding a camera with a 400mm lens and I aimed it in the direction they had gone and held down the pre focus . To my surprise I saw them. They went back and forth above me for a minute or so before I lost them.I know the shots are not great quality but I was just surprised to get anything at all. They were at least 50 feet up and against a gray sky.
I can see it OK on my monitor. I hope it shows up for you.
Great shots of your hummers everyone! The males will be leaving here within a day or so...the winds will be coming out of the north bringing cooler temps.
Today it was 100 in the backyard, I turned on the sprinkler in hopes to get one to take a shower/bath but they would not allow each other to do so...it was funny as I watched the repeated chasing so no one gets to the sprinkler. lol Here's what I got though.
Wow, I hadn't checked this thread since I got back from vacation. What great photos everyone!
Burd, I like your shots with the bill open too.
Burn, what beautiful shots with that gorgeous flower.
Dave, those flight shots are amazing.
This is by no means a silver lining, but the smoke from the fires in Grimes and Waller counties made for some interesting/scary golden light this evening.
Beautiful shots of the hummingbirds, Elphy. Prayers go out for those folks in the path of the fires. Love the swallotail on the hummer feeder. Such rare happening! How neat is that even the Red-eyed Vireo seems to want a piece of the nectar. lol
Oooops, I meant to say "What big long tongue he has!" lol. Sorry folks on the typo. Friday, I had a swamp of hummingbirds here. Roughly a half dozen are seen at any given moment. Usually there were only 2 or 3 at a time. Like today.
Beautiful photos everybody! Dave, love that ruby throat shot.
I appreciate all of you training these fellows before they fly down here. One kept flying up to me while I was sitting on the patio. Finally, I had my arm stetched across the top of the loveseat and he flew to my hand. Clearly someone was hand feeding him!
Took a bunch of photos of hummers in the shade today. This one was right outside my window. I had to lighten it up a ton though.
Good pix Elphy! I like it too. Marna, I've seen Sulphurs flitting about my nectar feeder. Can't seem to catch a pix of them 'tho. Y'all. Last Friday must have been a migratory day. I saw many hummingbirds that day. Then no more recurrent swamping like such. I do have a couple chasing each other around the garden. But that's it.
I put out feeders in 4 areas and there is a hummer staking out each one and lots of newcomers and fights going on. I've had mostly males so far. Even when I think it's a female, I end up seeing a spot on the throat.
I was taking a pic of one today (that I haven't downloaded yet) and while I was photographing him, another hummer chased a third hummer into the window I was photographing through. The one that I was photographing was as startled as I was. He didn't move. The other 2 flew off, so must have been OK.
Ooooh I once again have another swamp of hummingbirds outdoor! Only I couldn't get a decent pix to share. But, it's a joy to see many of them at one time. Many for me is about half a dozen at a time. Gotta bring out more fresh nectar.
Love the pretty throat on that one Lily.
Nice ones Nanny!
I just watched the coolest interaction. An anole staked out the hummer feeder. The hummer didn't like it one bit. It flew all around him and looked like it pecked at him, but he didn't leave. The hummer did this several times finally the lizard straightened out like they do when they are about to jump. He jumped on the feeder, nabbed a bee and jumped off. The hummer came after him again as he was leaving.
Elphy, I think I may have a male staking out in the garden and not rushing off. I'm so glad he stays. For awhile anyway. What you've seen was priceless! At least now I know those anoles are harmless to the hummingbirds.
Just so we can take note on these little jewels' behaviors. The swamp ceases promptly as day ends. Came the next morning, all my males were gone. The weekend onto this morning, I've only seen two or 3 females in the garden. So the migration is in earnest. I'll take note this year when the females will leave my area.
Three birds, one male and two females are duking it out in our backyard. Last night before the rains came pouring, they made a pact and shared the same feeder at the same time!!! It was a sight to behold.
Right now we have more Hummers than we've had all year. . .they're everywhere and...except for very rare occasions...they refuse to share! It's crazy to watch. They're zooming all over the yard chasing each other. Many are juvies.
I just added another feeder way in the back yard so the "Gatekeepers" wouldn't try to take over that one too. That'll solve the problem, right?. . .Wrong! Now we have one more gatekeeper that claimed that feeder.
We'll probably add one more feeder in another corner of the yard, but I don't have enough feeders or hooks to give everybody their own private feeder!
I don't have many flowers blooming right now that the hummers like, but they love, love, love my "Purple Pygmy Agastache" which will be happily blooming until frost. I may have to do some more planting for late Summer/early Autumn Hummers.
Anybody else having an unusually high number of Hummers for this time of year??
Not here either, just the usual female and perhaps her one baby. When I saw more than 3-4 at a time, that was when the "visitors" were present during their migration route, I think. Those males have came, and left on two occassions last two weekends as I've noticed.
This isn't at all normal for me either. Generally by this time we have very few and they're completely gone by the first week in October. Of course, the weather hasn't been all that normal, either. It'll be interesting to see what happens in the next couple of weeks.
I have more this migration than last year too. I have at least three every day, which is huge for me. Lots of zipping by too. oh, AND, the migration started earlier for me this year. SO I guess my plan of adding more flowers may be working.
Here was a brief share, through the kitchen window.
In case you don't know about it, there is a site where you can report your sitings of hummers going south. (Even though the site is called Journey North!) http://www.learner.org/jnorth/maps/Gallery.html You need to register to report. Just pick hummingbird from the drop down list. I found it looking for a map to see if Monarchs were in my area. I haven't seen any this year.
I have one female guard hummer today. Yesterday I had a male and a female. They are usually gone from here by 1st week in October.
I'm so amazed when y'all get more than one bird at a feeder. Great captures!
Tons of hummers here. Went to Sheldon Lake today and there was one spot near the education building with lots of turks cap. There must have been a dozen hummers fighting over it. If it weren't for people putting out feeders and watering plants, I think many if not most of the hummers would die this year before making it south. The drought is so bad. There's just nothing out there for them.
Nice shots all! My last post in the thread for the year...last hummers I seen were on the 21st. However this past Sunday me and a few other birder's watched one flying around about 50 yards out on the lake...pretty sure it was catching gnats. See you on the thread in early May.
Sigh. It seems that the vast majority of Hummers have now left as of Thursday. My male RTHB, who has stoutly defended his feeder by my patio, has left. The past several weeks have been wonderful, watching the little critters zip across the yard and chase each other at breakneck speeds. There were so many!! Soon they will all be gone. As with every year, my solice is that I will plan and implement a more abundant Hummingbird garden for next year. Bottlebrush is already planted, I'm thinking some more citrus for early spring blossoms, and I may overwinter a few plants in pots for early spring blooms. Does anyone else have garden plans?
Cousin Dave and Burn, those shots are lovely. Mine are still here. gazergirl, my garden planting has been a success this year. DH installed a fenced in area to our side yard, there along the fence, I'm planning to plant some groudnuts vines for their pea-like pinkish blossoms for the hummingbirds, and the edible nuts for me of course. Also some cypress vines for late season blooms. Those are blooming brilliantly in my neighbors' garden. I kept telling myself I needed to replant them but haven't done so in early spring.
Just two tubby females hanging around. Best season ever for my hummers. I miss them already. It is turning cool tonight in Carolina so I know they will be heading out. It makes me sad to think that it might be the last time I see them for the year. Sorry no pics.
This one is so pudgy and cute. Strange maybe, but I do not hate seeing them leave like I used to at all. Nice to have a break I think from all the maintenance that the hummers and orioles take! Back to simple care of seed and suet for my friends.
A distance pic. but I was so pleased that I have had two visitors today. I knew they're are not the usual 'residents' I've had for they didn't "buzz" me when I was out in the garden like the 'residents' used too. lol
Here is one after a drink from the Passion Flower in the background. I was not able to photograph her while she was drinking from the flower. However, just to see it was one of the most sublime experiences. It really makes one say WOW, what a scene!
As of yesterday, I still had one hummer around. I've been trying to get a shot of it drinking from the pomegranite tree flowers. Normally, that tree would be about to turn yellow and lose its leaves, but I went on vacation in the summer when temps were well over 100 degrees and the tree turned brown. Came back and watered it, and new leaves came out and now it's blooming like it's spring. Weird. Here's the best one so far.
I sighted my last straggler on Monday, Oct. 24th. I first saw her at my back feeder, and later in the afternoon at the feeder outside my kitchen window. She was very perturbed by the green lizard hanging out on the glass bottle. A little humor to end the season.
Maybe it's time to start a new thread...because...
I had an adult male hummingbird come to my water fountain yesterday. I couldn't see the gorget, because of the lighting, so I'm not sure if it was a Ruby-throated or Black-chinned. So excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!