Yeah! The hummingbirds are back!

I put out a feeder about 2 weeks ago, and I've been waiting and watching the sky for their return from Winter vacation, and Tuesday night they were spotted! I enjoyed watching them so much last year, and I've missed them over the Winter. They are so spunky for such little birds! They are very territorial and we have a battle going on right now between two Ruby Throats over who is the boss of the other feeders that I put out after first spotting them. We've gone from the 2 feeders that we had last year to 9 feeders now, and I put 2 of those out front to try to cut down on the fighting. But these 2 little guys (or gals) are only interested in the ones in the back yard so far.
I don't know if they come back to the same spot every year, but one that we've seen this year is just like the one from last year that sat up in the same tree all day watching the feeders. Then whenever another hummingbird comes by, this 1st one swoops down and chases the others away! Now there are more feeders, but he still doesn't want to share, he's chasing the others away from all of the feeders out back!
I went outside to pick up a feeder that one of the squirrels knocked over and I could hear the hummingbirds chirping at each other and they kept buzzing by my head. They like a pretty blue glass ball feeder that we have hanging in one tree, and they come up to the feeder that hangs directly onto our window. So you can set on the couch inside and see them right up close. I tried to get some photos of them at the window, but only got 2 good ones out of about 30. They turned out dark because I'm inside and I didn't want a flash to scare them or reflect on the window. But here are two fairly good shots.


Friday morning update!! What an exciting week it has been here in the woods. Tuesday night the hummingbirds returned (they are still fighting over the feeders) Wednesday night we saw the 2 deer again! Every night we put corn out and every morning it's gone, so we know someone is out there eating it. So we finally saw them when it was getting dark. Then on Thursday night, just before dark, we saw a raccoon out there, and he was eating up the corn too. Then, as we were watching him, the two deer came into the yard and they were eating with the raccoon! I watched them for as long as I could, but finally it was getting too dark to see them. I probably won't be able to get photos of them because of the darkness and because I don't want to scare them.

Bye for now, Carol

5 comments:

Alison said...

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