The Hummers of Summer

No not this kind, though there was that too – a ride through the woods in a genuine surplus army rig – but that’s another story.

I’m speaking of the other kind – the hummingbirds that live in my yard and frequent my feeders daily.

I get the best pictures in the winter – when the foliage is gone and they stand out against the background. Still I managed to get a few decent shots of the birds this summer.

By the way, if you look very closely you may notice ants floating toes up in one of the feeders above. It’s quite disgusting to me though I’m not sure it deters the hummingbirds. In any case, I purchased a new feeder with an ant guard and put it up yesterday. It’s the one on the left below. The hummers are still inspecting it but hopefully will use it soon. It remains to be seen whether the ants will too.

That’s all for now.

~ Susanne

13 Comments on “The Hummers of Summer

  1. My eyes are not good enough to see the ants, but the birds are delightful. I just wish we had them here, but it is wet and miserable today, so doubt they would be feeding.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • I’m glad you can’t see the ants. Maybe they can’t either! πŸ˜‰ Sorry about your weather, but I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  2. Lovely, hummingbird photos, mine always turn out blurry. They like to stop by to visit the flowers several times a day. 🌺

  3. I’m pretty sure I have that exact same feeder, the plastic one. Your new one looks pretty. Maybe the hummers have the philosophy that my dad did whenever a gnat or a tiny bug would get on our food. He would always say β€œThat’ll just give you a little more protein!” 😝

    • I wondered the same thing. πŸ™‚ I don’t know if they were bothered by the ants but there were so many of them it looked terrible to me. The new one has a moat on top that you fill with water which is supposed to keep the ants out. We’ll see how it goes. Either way the weather is turning so the ants should disappear soon.

  4. My husband came into the house a couple of days ago and said two hummingbirds were chasing each other and nearly collided with his face before they noticed him! A real close up.

  5. We have several rather dedicated hummers that visit our feeder this time of year too. We even caught a gila woodpecker clinking to our hummingbird feeder, tilting it enough to get a good long drink.

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