Friday, July 30, 2010

Sharing the table

The hummers have really been scarce here this season. I would go a week and not see but maybe one male visiting the feeder, and have never seen more than two at a time the entire summer. But, Wednesday morning as I was washing up my coffee mug, I looked out to see this wonderful sight! Thankfully, my camera was on the kitchen table and I was able to quickly snap this through the window. Four beauties sharing the feeder! Now that it's almost August, they will be done with their nestlings and will be needing to gather steam for the long voyage ahead in September and October.

15 comments:

Valerie said...

We have humming bird vines and a humming bird feeder - but I have yet to see one humming bird in my yard this year. Thanks for sharing yours!

Jane said...

That's a very good shot - most unusual for you to catch 4 at the feeder at one time.

Jane

Ruth said...

The hummers have been scarce here too, in fact I have had no visitors to my feeder (that I have seen). I would be very excited to see four at once.

Kelly said...

...beautiful! Ours usually fight each other away from the feeder so only one at a time gets a sip. We have been a little low in hummer numbers also...

altar ego said...

That is such a sweet picture! They do look like a family gathered at the table for a meal. One might even suggest that their heads are bowed in prayer!

Colleen said...

aren't they cute? I would love to have more than two. I read that they aren't as territorial when there is more than 2 or 3 and you can see them just enjoying the feeder without all the dive bombing and fighting.

Great Shot!

Kerri said...

I guess you and I were thinking alike today :) My shot was actually from last year .... definitely not as many here this year either.

Amazing capture of them all sharing ... and so nicely too ;)

Karin said...

That's a great shot with which to start my day! Thanks!

NCmountainwoman said...

Amazing! Our hummingbirds are continually fighting. We have three feeders and each one is a battlegound. I wish they could get along as well as yours.

Diane said...

I'd settle for one! Four is wonderful! Diane

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That is a rare sight,at least in my parts.They seem to always be fighting amongst each other.
Blessings,Ruth
PS.Have not had a single Hummer on the yard this year,yet.

Samuel said...

Wow! That's amazing!

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

Well I don't know what the deal is, but this has been (and still is) a terrific hummingbird season along the river. I can almost always count 8-10 hummers zipping and buzzing and squeaking around my two feeders, from the first hint of dawn until it's almost pitch dark. Sometimes there are two hummers perched on the same feeder—always opposite one another—but that's rare; usually they bluff and display, tails spread, and chase each other away. NO SHARING HERE! I've never seen three birds on the same feeder, let alone four. Would-be sippers have to sit on a nearby twig and await their turn.

Just to give you an idea of how busy the little birds are hereabouts, one of my feeders is the exact same model as the one in your four-bird photo, and I have to fill that one up every other morning. (My other feeder is the smaller version—same size perch, but small, rounded tank; I fill it daily.)

Also interesting re. numbers, is that Kelly (see her above comment) and I live only a couple of counties apart—yet her hummingbird numbers are apparently down slightly.

Laurie said...

I had 2 at the beginning of the season, and then they disappeared. After that, the wasps and ants took over.

Karin said...

Fascinating to see your pic of peaceful sharing contrasted with Mountain Musings'! Just like people - sometimes they get along and the rest of the time - watch out!