Monday, May 28, 2012

Hummingbird vigil

Hummingbirds have been visiting the feeders less in the past couple of weeks. Probably a combination of lots of food choices and nesting somewhere in the woods. Yesterday afternoon, I noticed a female rufous leisurely making the rounds of the flowers in my front yard. She made a quick stop at one of the feeders, and then flew off to the birdie spa tree to guard the flowers and feeders from other hummers.

Staying on the tree was quite a challenge though. She picked a lightweight outside branch where the wind was sending her up and down like a rollercoaster. It was so much fun watching her act like nothing was wrong while she was going up and down a foot or more. She hung on, though, because there was something that caught her interest on one of the leaves. I still don't know if it was a tiny insect (contrary to popular belief, insects make up anywhere from 25 to 50 percent of their diet) or a water droplet. I've been photographing hummingbirds for several years. Take a look at some of my favorites in the Hummer Gallery.

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