Forgot to block the back ports, and Sneaky went directly for those moments ago, can only see his wing here.
Since fixed that again, re-staged all
(...never staged photosets and it's actually quite a bit of work, cut the saplings out of the blackberry jungle removing most twine...)
Determined yesterday that it appears two females are now occasioning the feeders. The new bird is small and may actually be a young male, perhaps a fledgling, but looks female to me. Perhaps Miss America is showing it the feeders. It flew in just now.
All hummers, four at least, went pretty wild while playing within the recent rains, quite obviously loving every minute of it. They were putting on a show, bathing, preening, and just downright perching with head straight up for it. The females being around caused Rufus to pop that neck of his red more than usual, it seemed. Much chasing occurred, and he didn't want other males in at all. Sneaky would freeze and stare, if Rufus flew in and had yet to spy him. He did the same with the ladies, too. It didn't usually take long for Rufus to spy him, and it was then on.
All extremely interesting and provided many photograph opportunities. I'm sure that I managed some I like but haven't time to really review them.
It's Sneaky, and he was just escorted away, after only three, quick sips. He thought that he had spied a hummer and immediately went into that stance without moving, never taking his eye off what he saw. That let me know a hummer was up in the closest, old hardwood tree and likely down upon its lowest limb, as usual and confirmed within seconds. It dive bombed Sneaky at high speed and was likely Rufus.
First time visiting the one and only scarlet beebalm, in which I had dug up from the blackberry jungle and potted not too very long ago, obviously a few feet closer too me. Once he had his first sip, he couldn't stop and had the bloom bouncing back and forth, hitting it so hard while quickly flying circles around it.
Missed Miss America while posting these; she just flew in... sun finally started trying to break through the clouds... figures...
At least five hummers, three males and two females I believe. This little guy appears to be new but could always be Rufus.
He came in low here and simply perched upon the lowest branch, only a few feet away from me and undisturbed, even as I slowly stood and walked back to my chair. All I know for sure is that there was heightened evening activity, much chasing, one female briefly visited, and two males calmly perched within 6" of one another, one feeding as the other patiently awaited his turn (not like there weren't many other feeder ports for him to choose). First time that I had ever seen that behavior (same port within seconds)
Tankt replied to himself not long ago. That was interesting, but I didn't bother with the initial post, so... I have always made it a point to politely ask strangers who talk to themselves, whether they were aware that they had just done so. A brief, entertaining conversation typically follows.
First time one has perched there. Brewster knocked over the scarlet bee balm yesterday, snapping its stem. I then staked it with a mini-blind adjusting rod, and it has been visited twice since then. They absolutely love it.