Is this normal behavior?

bedelia(6 Rochester NY)May 20, 2011

This little thing just sits at the feeder, looking around and sipping now and then. I think it's female (ruby throated). She will allow a male to drink, but eventually chases him away.

She looks so disheveled,and camps out til 8:30 p.m. I'm used to the hummers that come and go quickly. Is this a territorial thing? Sometimes I wonder if she's sick.

What do you think?

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Sounds and looks normal to me.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2011 at 12:19PM
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She is claiming that feeder as her own... surprised that she allows any other Hummer's there at all, even for a second or two.. mighty nice of her. ;)

    Bookmark   May 20, 2011 at 8:45PM
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Normal, but if you only have 1-3 birds that is a slight problem because the dominate bird will chase the others off. Once you get 4 plus birds it will be more difficult for one bird to keep them run off. As he chases one another will sneak in for lunch.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2011 at 9:54AM
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bedelia(6 Rochester NY)

Thanks for all the comments. She's not sitting much anymore, and takes turns with the male feeding. Haven't seen a fight yet this year, but did last year. Wish I could have more than 1 or 2, but never get a lot.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2011 at 6:55PM
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