More guests arrived today! There are mini blinking red lights flashing through the sky around here. Only the male Ruby-Throated Hummingbird has the gorget jewels. Only the males are here. The females come later with the kids (about 10 days to 2 weeks). Now, the current info on the species reveals these are solitary birds who defend territory from other males and they do not help the females with the babies. However, my observations are different and in time as more knowledge is accumulated about these tiny birds, it will show that they are very social birds (especially) during the travel times (migration). I would go out on a limb and say there is more bonding between the males of this species than with the females! They travel together, eat together and sleep together. They do fight and guard their 'own' feeders, but I have never seen a dead one from all the battles. I have seen a fierce battle between 2 males and then watch them land side by side on a branch and hangout together. I think alot of the aggressive behavior is just play, because they buzz me too. Time will tell. It is great to see them coming in year after year. I know why Mom loved them so. I also know as I am happy now, I will cry in October when they fly away again. That is just how it is. We must all fly away one day. Enjoy these red light boys!
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...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek. See You next time! I hope your yard is lighting up with the mini red lights! (If not, I will share!) Love to All-
This Post is dedicated to the Loving Memory of my Cousin Harry, who died on the 18th after his 87th birthday. He loved the Hummingbirds and came every year with his wife to see them at Kates Cabin which he also loved. He was the last person on this Planet who knew me from the day I was born 62.5 years ago. That is a long time to know someone. I knew him longer than Mom or Dad. Anyway, I had just told him that the hummers made it back again this year. They are coming in like little jets with red blinking lights. He was happy to hear all about them and that I am still photographing the tiny ones. That night he left in his sleep. Please wish him well on his new journey. I am sure I will catch up with him again!