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August 6, 2014 / Rae Spencer

Hummingbird Happenings

Hummingbird July 29

In May, the yard’s hummingbird hopes suffered a setback when a family of house finches plucked the honeysuckle’s early blooms.

Hummingbird July 27

But the honeysuckle recovered quickly, and by the end of June there were enough blooms to attract renewed attention.

Hummingbird July 23

The salvia also bloomed steadily through June and July, adding a second source of nectar.

Hummingbird July 27

Hummingbird July 27

Now I see hummingbirds daily. They zip through the yard at reasonably predictable intervals, one or two an hour, and I occasionally find them resting high in the wax myrtle.

Hummingbird July 27

If I stretch the camera’s zoom to its limit, I am able to catch several frames before they become suspicious of my fixed attention and clicking shutter.

Hummingbird July 29

Hummingbird July 29

Hummingbird July 29

When two individuals cross paths, fierce and noisy bouts of aerial combat break out, with both birds squeaking rapidly as they dive and swerve. They are too fast for my camera during these skirmishes.

Hummingbird July 27

For that matter, they are too usually fast while feeding. These photos represent several hours of stalking. (I suspect most of my photos feature a single individual who has established a repetitive feeding pattern.)

Hummingbird July 23

Whether one bird or many, I hope the visits continue. I’m looking forward to a few more months of summer — a few more months of hot, humid afternoons in which to hone my hummingbird reflexes.

Hummingbird July 23

 

6 Comments

  1. timelesslady / Aug 7 2014 10:31 AM

    I enjoyed your terrific pictures. We don’t seem to be seeing as many hummingbirds or butterflies this year. Maybe the end of the summer will bring a few more, or perhaps we will be in the yard when they grab a sip of nectar from our flowers.

    • Rae Spencer / Aug 7 2014 1:28 PM

      We finally started seeing butterflies a few weeks ago, but only a few. Like you, I’m hoping their numbers pick up as the summer goes on.

  2. bardessdmdenton / Aug 8 2014 1:50 PM

    What wonderful pictures, Rae! Hummingbirds are just the most fascinating birds in so many ways. I put a little nectar feeder on one of my windows this year, and our resident hummingbird has been using it. So excellent chance for me (and my kitties, who it doesn’t seem to mind) to watch it closely. I apologize for my absence … I’m trying to catch up on others’ posts. Hope you are well. Diane

    • Rae Spencer / Aug 9 2014 5:01 PM

      I’m delighted that you found time to stop by my blog, and I’m looking forward to your next book!

  3. Women of Wise / Aug 11 2014 9:09 AM

    As usual your pictures are delightful!

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