Hummingbird Wars In My Garden
Have you ever watched how territorial hummingbirds are? I have, we had Hummingbird Wars outside my front window just this morning and all day yesterday.
We have two main kinds of hummingbirds in this area. The first are the Rufous hummingbirds which are kind of fat and short and reddish color, Anna’s hummingbirds which are longer and sleek and greenish in color. The Anna’s stay all year long, while the Rufous migrate at the end of summer and return in spring.
I have watch the Anna’s mostly chasing each other away from their favorite food source for the best flower or the hummingbird feeder. On the other hand, the Rufous will fly as much as 25 or 30 feet into the air and dive bomb what ever they don’t want in their space, letting out a cry that goes something like Dee deeeee, Dee deeeee.
Yesterday, and this morning I have watched members of the two kinds of hummers go at it with each other with and with other members of their tribe. I have watched first an Anna’ hummingbird and then a Rufous guard the hummingbird feeder or the crocosmia outside my window. And this has kept up all day long and all morning long today.
At one point yesterday, a little Rufous hummingbird sat on the top of the feeder and just scanned the skies back and forth, back and forth and up and down, it watched to make sure that none of its enemies were coming to invade His feeder.
And so it goes on. I have read somewhere that at least one culture, and I had thought it was the Aztec, considered hummingbirds a bird of war, because of hummingbird aggression and territoriality. However, I was unable to find this reference when I wrote this post.
So if anyone knows what culture that was, please add a comment here and let us know.
One of our local gardening experts, Cisco Morris, has a TV show on Northwest cable news called Gardening with Cisco. In one his TV segments, he recommended putting your feeders out of sight of each other so that the humming birds do not fight with one another. I have my humming bird feeders more or less out of sight of each other. While this may reduce their opportunities to fight, as I have seen, it does not eliminate it. Still, it is best to try.
I would love to know what you have seen of humming bird wars in your garden. So, feel free to leave a comment..
Earlier today, I received a very nice comment from Sue at www.careyfamily.org on a previous post and a link to a site for Paying It Forward (compliments and shout outs for blogs someone likes).
So in keeping with that thought I would like to Pay It Forward to another gardening blogger, whose blog is humorous, knowledgable and beautiful. May Dreams Gardens in Indianapolis, IN is that blog. Carol writes about gardening in the Hoosier state, and her escapades with garden fairies and an assortment of garden mavens, but is currently visiting my neck of the woods in the Pacific Northwest. I invite you to visit her blog and to click on the button to visit Holly and see other blogs that are being mentioned this week.