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Notes From the Farm on Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds at feeder
Hummingbirds posturing in the air. Eventually, the lure of the sugar overcomes all the belligerence.

Hummingbirds seem like such sweet birds. After all, they live on sweet nectar and sugar water, but…they are vicious little buzzers screeching and shoving each other with sweetness only on their beaks and never in their hearts.

The farm is a great place to watch hummers. I have counted as many as 75 of them at a time among the flowers and feeders. The air is loud with the hum of their wings and their shrieks of fury as one of them occupies the space another wishes were his. There is little peace where hummers gather, but then peaceful is not nearly as amusing.

Hummingbirds at feeder
Air traffic control to fliers: "Your are buzzing into the path of oncoming traffic! Evade, evade..."
Hummingbirds at feeder.
Mid air refueling. It's a tricky business.