Afternoon hummers

This year we have made a concerted effort to atract more Ruby-throated Hummingbirds to the garden. Besides the many flowers we also have five feeders on the go and it seems to have worked. This afternoon three hummers were buzzing about the garden, expending just as much energy chasing each other as they were getting from the feeders. By chance I had the scope out trying to take digishots of dragonflies when a female/immature landed not too far away and sat in the sun preening for a few minutes. I thought that was is for the action but a male then kept coming back to the same twig, so I repositioned and waited. Naturally he never returned but another bird, probably a female, did. She posed on the hanging basket bracket for all of ten seconds before resuming her jet-paced lifestyle.

Here are the digicoped shots, getting better.


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