Hummingbirds gone wild

HuntressOfLight

12 pointer
Nov 23, 2019
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Guarding my lovely bluebirds
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They are flying all about my head, as I grill breakfast within the shade beside the porch.

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All look like females but could be some juvenile males within the mix. At least one confirmed male has been here each day. Two birds just performed the face to face stand-off maneuver, traveling approximately 40' upward and then back down to the blooming crape myrtles.

They have all been at each other for a good while this morning.
Three here and at least five always within in sight.

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HuntressOfLight

12 pointer
Nov 23, 2019
12,171
Guarding my lovely bluebirds
Forgot to mention, while replacing the feeders yesterday after cleansing and replenishing them, one hummingbird flew onto a feeder and drank from it, as I was walking it back to its tree. I abruptly stopped and permitted it to feed. Others flew up to us but did not perch, like that one actually feeding. Was pretty cool. I tried for a few minutes to draw them back but eventually placed their feeder upon a tree branch again.

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Two within this shot
 
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HuntressOfLight

12 pointer
Nov 23, 2019
12,171
Guarding my lovely bluebirds
At least two males this morning... along with all other hummers chattering away with one another.

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Each defending its own feeder within different myrtle trees and only ten feet apart from one another. The other feeder is within yet another myrtle growing upon the other end of the porch, 25-30' away from the older males' claimed territory. They all dart back and forth in front of the covered porch and sometimes within it. They may all enjoy rain baths fairly soon, it keeps trying to rain this morning.
 

bgkyarcher

12 pointer
Aug 23, 2011
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BG
I’ve got three out front and four out back. I’d say they will move on when the next cool spell hits.
 

HuntressOfLight

12 pointer
Nov 23, 2019
12,171
Guarding my lovely bluebirds
We have 5 females fighting the horseshoe battle at our feeder this morning.


Horseshoe battle?

At least five females here and probably many more. They remain quite busy throughout the day. I can walk outside, at any given time,

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and there they are. Unfortunately, the more dominant males appear to have moved on, as of a few days ago, but I have noticed a less aggressive male. He might have arrived, since they departed. What I have yet to figure out is why these crepe myrtles with all their numerous buds have yet to bloom.
 


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