We’re getting to the time of year when despite some hummingbirds jealously guarding their favorite feeder, there are enough birds — and enough pressure to bulk up for the coming migration — that birds, and especially young birds, are forced to share.
It’s also the time of year when I’m likely to capture photos like these . . .
I’m reasonably certain this is a young bird. Perhaps not, but I know that last year it was younger birds who were hitting the flowers while their more savvy parents practically lived on the sugar water I generously provided.
Then again, it could be this is one of those ‘organic’ hummers. You know the type; distrustful of anything not natural, thinking that sugar from a flower is better than sugar from a bottle.
. . . probably didn’t pay attention during chemistry class . . .
Before I continue, I have to comment on the flowers . . . they’re looking pretty sad. First, it was the scorching heat, and then heavy and unrelenting rain beat the crap out of them in their weakened state.
We normally clean up dead blooms and try to keep the plants looking good, but this was right after the rain, and we just hadn’t gotten to all the pots. Plus, given the extent of the damage, it’s almost a lost cause . . . but some gentle neglect has them looking better already (but not in these photos).
I also want to say that while I have 25 photos, I’ll not be posting them all here. There is a slideshow at the end of the post, but for the post itself, I’ll only choose a few that I hope readers will like . . . like these:
Anyway, here’s the slideshow where you can see all the photos in THIS SmugMug Gallery:
There’s one photo in that gallery that’s not about hummingbirds; it’s a peek at the subject of tomorrow’s post.
That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.
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