There are many flowers that hummingbirds are attracted to planted in our garden and in urns on the deck. We also have two hummingbird feeders; one just outside each window in the keeping room.
I was sitting in the keeping room one morning,
relaxing and watching the hummingbirds fly in for a drink.
They would dart in, take a quick drink and then quickly dart away.
I began to wonder why so quick, wishing they would perch a little longer to enjoy the fresh sugar water I had just placed out for them.
Then I noticed some weren't drinking at all, they were being chased away as soon as they approached the feeders. Oh my goodness, as I continued to watch I discovered that we have a bully!
If you visit here often,
you already know how much I love my feathered friends.
But...I'm not too fond of bullies.
This little guy drinks from the feeder...
...and when he's finished he perches on the host blooms just across from the feeder to stand guard; chasing away the other hummingbirds that come to get a drink.
Did you know that male hummingbirds are very aggressive?
They will hit chests while in flight and do a lot of talking to each other to claim their territory.
They are such fun to watch; those tiny wings flapping like crazy!
Take a peek as this hummingbird enjoys a fresh drink of sugar water:
Here's the bully. Full of drink and perching on the nearby hosta to stand guard; chasing off the other hummingbirds that come by for a drink.
You'll notice after he flaps his wings, another hummingbird comes in for a drink and he takes off after it...
Feeling bad that this bully was keeping other hummingbirds from both of my feeders, I decided to move one of the feeders to the front kitchen window. I figured this little hummer can't stand guard in the front and back, so I moved one.
Since then, I've done a little reading up on bully hummingbirds and discovered that's not the best way to handle them.
I've read that the best way to increase the hummingbirds coming to my feeders while also discouraging bully hummingbirds is to
They say more feeders, more hummingbirds and more peace.
Alright then...I'm off to my local bird store to stock up!
How about you...do you feed the hummingbirds? Have bullies?
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