Virtual birdwatching: Battle of the hummingbirds

From photographer Bill Anderson, who says his neighbor’s backyard has become a battlefield between two rival hummingbirds. He captured some of the action on Saturday afternoon, July 25. One of the combatants looks like a female rufous while the other looks like a female Anna’s. The complete set of photos and a narrative can be seen by scrolling down page 7 at this link:

  1. Thanks Bill you made the hummingbird battle a work of art. We seem to have more hummingbirds this year. So far no wars.

  2. I love watching hummingbirds. I now have them coming right up to me, after several years of patience.

  3. This summer I have 5 hummingbirds. It took about a month for them to trust me, if that’s what they do. For weeks I would sit on the patio and call their names, trying to get them to come to the feeder a few feet away. Now I can be standing by the feeder, open my sliding door and they stay feeding a foot away. The bigger one used to rule the roost but the little ones hold their own now. Chasing mainly, and no contact that I’ve seen. I have, lol bit, tid bit, 2 bits, itty bitty and black tooth. I love em all

  4. The rufous humming bird is migratory and will head south at the end of summer. The Anna’s hummingbird stays in our area year round. Be sure to keep your feeders clean and full in the winter, as they are pretty much the Anna’s sole source of food.
    With flowers in bloom, I have little if any activity at my feeders now. The hummers will come to my feeders this winter. Some cold nights I take the feeders inside to keep the fluid from freezing. The hummers practically mug me the next morning when I step outside to hang the feeders up for the day.

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