Where the Hummingbirds Are

Behind my house is a wild rose hedgerow. This is where the hummingbirds like to perch and scan for intruders (usually other hummingbirds). From this vantage point they can easily see and guard the three nectar-filled bottles that hang along the back wall.

The evening hour just before sunset is a particularly hectic time at the feeders and as entertaining as an airshow. The sprightly, pint-sized birds are a joy to watch. We can't help but laugh at their scolding chirps, buzzes and crazy, zigzagging chases through the thorny shrubs.

But, what amazes us most is their indomitable spirit. The hummingbirds absolutely refuse to be afraid of anything and will frequently dive straight at an offending trespasser, including one innocent human being simply trying to replenish a feeder.

All the pictures were taken at various times.


I'm not entirely sure if this is a Calliope Hummingbird or a Rufous.

Rufous Hummingbird, female

Rufous Hummingbird, male


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