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Old 08-03-2022, 06:40 AM
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There are three hummingbirds buzzing around my feeder. All are hungry, but none will let any of the others drink. There are four "spouts" on the feeder and only 3 birds, so everyone could drink at once if they would just allow it. They are expending lots of energy fighting, but no one is getting any food.

Reminds me of Congress....

(Note: Not a political statement, just an observation...)


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Old 08-03-2022, 07:52 AM
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Those hummingbirds lack any sense of the common good! Greed and territorialism!
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Old 08-03-2022, 08:22 AM
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I havenít ever seen them fight, but thereís plenty of noisy squabbling here, and thereís definitely a king of the roost. I delight in watching them work it outóand they do.
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Old 08-03-2022, 09:32 AM
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I have six feeders around my house. One is dominated and defended by a male Rufous hummingbird. The other five are free-for-all and have to be refilled daily. The disputed one is still almost full at the end of the day.

I sat on my porch and watched how the bully kept every other hummingbird away from his feeder, and for the first time I witnessed extreme fighting: repeated body slamming of the invaders. The Rufous previously just used aggressive noises and body language and chased the others away if they came near the feeder.

I feel kind of sorry for the bully because it is in his nature to defend his territory but he doesn't get to rest or feed.
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Old 08-03-2022, 09:54 AM
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My sister has several feeders on her deck, and the hummers often get into squabbles. I have just 3 hummers that come to my feeder, and they come only one or two at a time. I haven't seen any fights.


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Old 08-03-2022, 12:20 PM
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They have a lot of attitude packed into small bodies.
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Old 08-03-2022, 01:39 PM
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in high altitude Flagstaff or the deserts of AZ, our hummers are very territorial. We are constantly entertained by their Red Baron flying antics. Occasionally we'll hear a thud when they slam into one another. I'm always amazed at the pics of multiple birds sharing a feeder!
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