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Impatient Hummingbirds

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 20 December 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Two days before I took ill - I was up visiting my sister-in-law's home in Lake County. While we were talking she happened to mention that she had never seen hummingbirds sticking around this late into the year. This was November 6th. As she spoke - she noticed that the feeder outside the dining area was empty. As she prepared more sugar water and brought in the feeder to fill it she said, "You won't believe what happens when I put this back up."

I grabbed my camera and was indeed unprepared for the onslaught of tiny birds that rushed for this food source as soon as she replaced it on it's hook. And more surprised at how little heed they paid to me and the camera nearby.

Larger view:

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RobertB from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

This is awesome! We put feeders out, but have never seen more than one. Anytime another hummingbird comes in to feed, the one in residence chases it away, really aggressively. Love the shot.

20 Dec 2010 12:16pm

@RobertB: Thanks, Robert - this was a surprise - for every hummer we see here, many more were held back in the surrounding trees awaiting their turn at the feeder. My guesstimate is that there were 30 to 50 individuals in the yard overall.

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

They must have known about the coming winter and were bulking up for the trip south to San Diego (?) This is a really great job here Stephen....hummingbirds are not the easiest subject and you giot these guys good!! Well done - I am sure glad that you are better now...that was scary!

20 Dec 2010 4:18pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Wow, amazing

20 Dec 2010 6:34pm

Liang from San Francisco, United States

this brings so much life to the heavy rainfall we are sustaining here stephen!. i love the touch you've shown with this shot. amazing!

20 Dec 2010 9:19pm

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

great frozen moment...

21 Dec 2010 1:27am

David from Detroit, United States

Wow! Once in a while we will get two hummingbirds at a time at our feeder, probably mother and chick. Usually, if a second bird shows up, they will make battle over the territory. I've never seen this many at one time. Great shot.

21 Dec 2010 3:13am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What a wonderful response to be there to see . . fascinating little birds.

21 Dec 2010 10:18am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Amazing shot! You never see so many of them at once here! They are very teritorial and chase each other so usually I see only one at a time at my feeder. This is pretty incredible sight!

27 Dec 2010 12:20am