Hummingbird Advice Needed.

The hummingbirds at our feeder are attacking and chasing each other! Yesterday I saw three female Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds fighting! We got two feeders and put them in different places but they are still fighting! What can I do to make them not fight? I saw a male that got attacked and the feathers on his belly were coming off! Also 1 adult female Ruby Throat has a strange scar. She didn’t have that before. I saw her one day with now scar and the next day with a scar. She has been attacking the other females and males. Also, we saw an adult male with the same problem. See photos

I think this is a hummingbird nest that fell out of the tree.

Hummingbirds

Here are the hummingbirds that visited yesterday. We also saw a male and female black-chinned hummingbird. (Not at the feeder) Also. the shimmery part of a male hummingbird’s throat is called a gorget.

Hummingbirds/I think it is a rock pigeon.

2 female hummingbirds attack!!My feeder not yours!!

Hummingbird back.

Meet Petey the Hummingbird

This is Petey (by the way my mom named him). He’s adorable and I’ve gotten some really cute photos of him but he’s become a feeder bully. He only recently started to guard the feeder like this. Before this, sometimes you’d see one hummingbird chase another away, but now it’s gotten to the point where the only time other hummers can get a drink is in the morning. Sometimes, a female will fly towards the feeder and Petey will start attacking her, then while Petey’s still attacking the first female, another will come. This has happened 4 or 5 times but every time he somehow manages to chase them both away without either one getting so much as a sip. I hope he lets off on the feeder guarding soon.
8 / 10 / 2022

Little hummer stuck in our garage, AGAIN

I think about a week ago we had a female hummer get stuck in our garage. She just kept hitting the ceiling and she wouldn’t go down. Now it’s happened again. I’m going to move everything red or yellow away from the entrance of the garage when she’s gone. She keeps landing on some fishing poles we have for a couple of seconds and then flying around for a couple of seconds. I got our feeder and she landed on one of the perches while she drank. That was neat, I could see every little detail of her feathers. I feel so bad for her. Right now we’re just leaving her alone to see if she’ll go lower.

Hummingbird was trapped in our garage!

I went into my garage to find a little, female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird flying around. She wasn’t going low enough to see the exits. We grabbed a broom and tried to encourage her to go lower, being careful not to hit her with it, but she kept avoiding it. Then I searched the web and found a very helpful website that said to go inside and see if it will leave on its own. For a while she just sat on a fishing pole in our garage, then finally she left. She was in there for about 32 minutes. We were relieved when she finally made it out.

Bluebirds Fledge, Robins Hatch, Hummingbird

All five bluebirds have fledged, the Hummingbirds have popped up in the yard, and all three robin eggs have hatched.

that’s good nectar!

your drink,in alot!

Ruby-throated Hummingbird Fun – Traveler and the Troubles

We put together a fun video of our very first Ruby-throated Hummingbird we call “Traveler” having a time with two new “troubles” visiting at the Homestead. We have 4 feeders out now, but this was at the time we had just one and didn’t know until that day that we had more visitors. Lots of close up video of Traveler and his friends feeding!

Finally!

I finally caught this sucker on camera!
I stood, camera at the ready, behind a tree beside the feeder. Then came the buzzing sound of a hummingbird flying around my head. It soon landed on the feeder just waiting for its picture to be taken.
Perfect shot.

Camera recommendations for the avid birder

Ive had my Canon Powershot SX720 HS for about two years now. I originally bought this camera for its portable and lightweight features. There were some downsides though.
1: It did not/ does not come with zoom lenses. For a birder this can be tricky, especially when trying to take far away shots.
2: It does not have clear focus.

I would like my next choice to be lightweight, portable, have clear focus, to come with zoom lenses, and overall be in a price range of about $300- $500.
If you have any recommendations, please post a comment below.

First Hummingbird 2021

We observed our first hummingbird visitor for the 2021 season on 3/18/2021 – a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird visited our feeders in the evening hours.

Which Hummingbird feeder should I choose?

I took this wonderful picture a year ago and wanted to ask for recommendations for Hummingbird feeders with the hummingbird season coming just around the corner. Right now I have two glass red feeders and one plastic orange one. The red feeders work well but small flies and other insects get in the sugar – water mix regularly. I know that these birds are attracted to the color red and yet my orange feeder worked better for both the birds and keeping out pesky pests like wasps. I could just lower down the sugar rationing in the water but if you have any tricks or recommendations I would be greatly obliged. Thanks.

Thirsty Hummer!

Back at it again! In pic number 3 you can see her puffing up and looking so big and scary 😍

Greedy Hummers!

My hummers fight so much! With two feeders with atleast 12 ports to drink from each, these two bossy Female Ruby-Throated are very greedy! You can’t see her but this is the shot right before one comes in on Moe to fight. Even though it can be annoying at least at the end of the day all my baby hummers get food for everyone 🙂

Ruby-throated humming bird nest

We used a GoPro camera tethered to a pool pole to check out this humming bird nest. We had observed it being built, and estimate it was completed on/about 25-Jul when the bird’s activity slowed considerably and the bird appeared to “sit” more.

Spring Birds

I caught these pics after a light rain. Hummingbird was sitting under our apple tree and the cardinals were underneath my bird feeders.

THEY DO USE THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I made 4 hummingbird feeders out of recycled containers and decorated them red. I was hoping but unsure that the hummingbirds would actually use them, but they do!!!!! I don’t know it was the same one or not, but Ive seen a female hummingbird at it three different times today!!!

Where are the hummers?!

About a week ago, I was watching the birds flock to my feeder. I was distracted by all the other birds, so for ONCE I was not thinking about hummingbirds. Then, all of the sudden, a tiny blur of green darts into the chaos. I was startled, so it took me a second to comprehend what it was. Then it stopped for a few short seconds, and hovered. I saw it’s red throat. Oh my gosh! I thought. It’s a hummingbird! He dipped his bill into the feeder for about 2 seconds, then quickly flew away. I haven’t seen any since. Hummers are my favorite bird, so knowing they’re in the area and then not seeing anymore is frustrating! Has anyone else seen any in Kentucky or have any tips on attracting them? Please help me! I’m dying here! 🙏🏼😩

Second Chipping Sparrow!

Believe it or not, this is only the second time I’ve gotten a Chipping Sparrow. It came for the first time a few weeks ago. I’m glad it finally came back! Now I just have to wait for the hummingbirds… no matter how much I try, I cannot stop thinking about hummingbirds lately!

Why aren’t any hummers coming to my feeder?

Yesterday, I got my first hummingbird. (A male Ruby-Throat.) it hovered above the feeder, stuck his bill inside for about 2 seconds, and then quickly flew away. (Unfortunately, I didn’t have a camera with me so I couldn’t get a photo.) I haven’t seen any hummers since. I cleaned and refilled the feeder, but still none came. I’m wondering if they were afraid of the other birds. Since they’re so small, maybe bigger birds over by their food made them feel unsafe? I had another feeder out in the front yard (with no other bird feeders, just a nectar) and they didn’t come to that either. But our dogs do love chasing birds and rabbits, and they bark at everything! (Even sometimes birdsong!) I have been trying to keep them in as much as possible, but I moved the feeder a few hours ago, so I hope the hummers will start coming soon. Does anyone else have ANY ideas on how to get them to come? Hummingbirds are my favorite bird, so I’d really enjoy some info, no matter how simple or complicated. Thx!

2020’s First Hummingbirds

We put together a little video showcasing our first 2020 hummingbirds. These Ruby-Throats showed up towards the end of March, and they’ve been around ever since! This short video features close-ups at the feeder and while perched in tree limbs, with funny little captions here and there.

Ruby-Throat Stretches/Preens

A young Ruby-Throat hummingbird relaxes, preening itself and stretching while perched on a branch, taken in July 2018.

Guarding the nectar

Hummingbird

Taken this spring.

Ruby builds her nest

Spotted this female Ruby-throated stretching spider web silk to build her nest. It was such a tiny nest, I never would have seen it without her frequent nest building visits.

Humming Bird

Humming Bird

Humming Bird

A Humming Bird In Mid Flight….. So Beautiful…..

Humming Bird on her nest

Lunch for two

Ruby Throated Hummingbirds

I took a photo of a Ruby Throated Hummingbird nest where the mom just laid eggs. I have been watching, because I feed her and she has been drinking so much! Finally, the other day, the babies hatched. I think it might be the same hummingbird from 3 years ago, because the other nest wasn’t that far away from the current one.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird Nest

Ruby Throated Hummingbird nest outside our bedroom window.

Hummingbird Nest

Well camouflaged & engineered a marvel of nature the hummingbird nest,built up of lichen & lined with spider web.I was walking in my yard & a flash caught my eye from a low hanging branch as a little bird flew off, I noticed a odd “bump” on top of the branch got my ladder & this is what I saw,the eggs were about the size of jelly beans,I have a feeder on my porch & the birds hover right in my face I could touch them,Very cool !

Babies make your heart bigger!

Hummingbird nest right outside my bdrm slider. Got to watch from making nest to laying eggs, hatching, feeding & flying away…..AWESOME!

Female Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Hummingbird feeding at milkweed and canna flowers

Hummer

This is the third/ fourth time the hummer was spotted in the same area we think it was likely nesting there.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology