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Hummingbird behavior

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Barrett May 24. 10 Replies

hi everyoneMoments ago, I looked out the patio door, and there was one Ruby Throated Hummingbird standing on another. At first, I thought I was witnessing a mating session, however, it became clear…Continue

 

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Bev Christie liked Mike Barrett's discussion Hummingbird behavior
May 24
Mike Barrett replied to Mike Barrett's discussion Hummingbird behavior
"It was bizarre Gail......one guy was a sucker for punishment it would seem. They are at it again this morning. I get the territorial behavior, but to fly next to the obvious victor twice made me shake my head."
May 24
Gail Taylor replied to Mike Barrett's discussion Hummingbird behavior
"Thanks for sharing Mike.......I have never witnessed such behavior and it's nice to know about their interactions with other hummers~"
May 24
Mike Barrett replied to Mike Barrett's discussion Hummingbird behavior
"thank you Andrew."
May 23
Mike Barrett replied to Mike Barrett's discussion Hummingbird behavior
"Thank you"
May 23
Joanne Savage replied to Mike Barrett's discussion Hummingbird behavior
"Mike, if you ever figure out Hummer behaviour, pls let me know. The fighting involves the food source, there is no food source on that branch so they can both continue to watch the feeder. The 'interloper' is probably still trying to find…"
May 23
Andrew Olive replied to Mike Barrett's discussion Hummingbird behavior
"Interesting observation Mike, I can't offer much either.  Possibly just a stubborn new comer that found a good food source in this cool weather and simply had to compete for the food supply to survive without much luck  We had wet…"
May 23
Andrew Olive liked Mike Barrett's discussion Hummingbird behavior
May 23
Mike Barrett replied to Mike Barrett's discussion Hummingbird behavior
"Thx Joanne, but why did the one getting thrashed upon go back in VERY close proximity to the aggressive counterpart?"
May 23
Joanne Savage replied to Mike Barrett's discussion Hummingbird behavior
"One Hummingbird, usually a male Hummer claims a particular feeder[s] and defends it/them aggressively.... a bird on a branch doesn't pose a threat to his food as one at the feeder does. After mating, many males will leave feeders to travel/feed…"
May 23
Joanne Savage liked Mike Barrett's discussion Hummingbird behavior
May 23
Mike Barrett replied to Mike Barrett's discussion Hummingbird behavior
"I hope someone can answer as well Jimmy.  "
May 23
Jimmy Dee replied to Mike Barrett's discussion Hummingbird behavior
"Interesting story ... I have no idea but hopefully someone will have some insight into this."
May 23
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Hummingbird behavior

hi everyoneMoments ago, I looked out the patio door, and there was one Ruby Throated Hummingbird standing on another. At first, I thought I was witnessing a mating session, however, it became clear these were two males. I ventured out and the one standing on the other flew away....the one taking the beating flew briefly to the ground. After locating it in the grass, I gently assisted flipping him right side up and it flew to a close apple tree and lo and behold, there is the aggressor…See More
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