Thursday, June 16, 2011

Hummingbirds at the feeders

This little video was taken on the morning of May 26th, a time when it was quite the feeding frenzy. I believe the females were preparing for the time they'll spend in their nests caring for their young. 

We've been enjoying these amazing birds for several years now and I've learned the females will be back at the feeders in droves before summer's end to fatten up for their migration south. They will be smaller than their babies who have left the nest and we'll be busy keeping the feeders filled at that time. Right now, it's a bit quieter at the feeders. We have one particular hummingbird who is quite territorial and perches himself in the chain of the hanging basket, keeping watch over HIS feeder and going after all others.

The second video shows how crazy it got at the feeders. They prefer this particular one. Sorry about the TV going on in the background, I was amazed at how many were flocking to that feeder and I just grabbed my camera to capture all the activity.


  1. wow that is amazing activity..never seen that in my life.

  2. WOW!!! All I could think of tough was that my cats would go crazy if we had that kind of bird activity :)
    Great video's Michelle, they move so fast it's amazing.

  3. hey, I want that many at my feeder! Actually, I'm thrilled to get the two that I have, lol.
    You must go through a lot of nectar, eh?

  4. OMG - I've never seen anything like that before. I occasionally get one hummingbird at my feeder and feel really lucky but that was a FRENZY indeed! Thanks for sharing that!

  5. Goodness that really is a lot of birds! Not sure I've ever seen so many trying to get into a feeder in one go. No wonder you pulled out the camera.

  6. We have three feeders on the front porch. It's quiet now, the females are caring for their young, but it will get like this again in August when they are preparing for their flight south.