Sunday, April 8, 2012

Hummer dinner date

Love is in the air, especially in the front yard birdie spa. Hummingbirds are very territorial, especially males fighting for feminine attention. The guy in the photo above looks a little war-torn, although I don't know that hummingbirds inflict serious damage on one another.

Male rufous
I'm seeing mostly rufous hummingbirds, which returned last month. I see an occasional Anna's but not like in the winter, when they camp out in front of the feeders.

Females will share feeders with other females, and the guys certainly like to invite the little ladies to share some hummer brew.

Hummingbirds are not monogamous and once nesting begins, mama hummingbird is on her own to care for her young.

What a contrast with eagles, which I also photographed the same day as these birds.

Female rufous
Eagles mate for life and help each other with nest-building, rearing young, and feeding.

For more favorites, visit my Hummer Gallery.

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