The Rufous Hummingbirds have taken over the hummingbird feeders hanging from our porch in front of the sliding glass door. The Rufous chose this end of our line of feeders because of the perches available above the feeders. This is a yearly happening, though I still get upset when the Rufous chase off the Black-Chinned who regularly nest in our yard.
There are two solutions to hummingbirds that try to posses a hummingbird feeder for themselves. One is place every feeder in your yard out of sight of any other feeder. The option we use is to offer 30 Best 1 Hummingbird Feeders along the front of our house. The ‘bully’ cannot posses all of the feeders at one time. While he is at one end of the house, the hummers enjoy a snack of sugar water at the other end. We do not fill the hummingbird feeders full and always clean them every 3-4 days. You can learn how we clean our hummingbird feeders.
Today we we lucky enough to witness a very brave act! We had a Magnificent Hummingbird that ignored the bomb diving, hovering and buzzing of the Rufous and helped himself to a hearty breakfast. Several of the Rufous where just plainly enraged by this act. But, no matter what they tried, the Magnificent was going to have his breakfast!
While I was laughing out loud at the activity in front of the porch, Tom was counting the number of feeders that had hummingbirds at them. We had 14 feeders being used at the same time! It seems that many other hummingbirds knew enough to use the distraction to grab a sip or two.
I have blogged about the migration the Rufous Hummingbirds undertake each year. I should realize their tenacity is necessary to their survival, but today I was really tickled that their tenacity (I still call it bullying) was held in check by the Magnificent Hummingbird! It was a “magnificent” sight! Pun intended.