Since they are so comfortable around me now, they even allow me to snap pictures of them, and it doesn't bother them a bit. They just keep drinking happily away.
Once in a while I've noticed two hummingbirds will drink together. I haven't quite figured out the logistics of it all. But, I've never seen more than two at a time at a feeder. If a third one shows up, all three go to fighting.
Hummingbirds are very VERY territorial. In fact, fighting and drinking go hand in hand for them. And their little "squacks" let you know exactly where they are, and they really go to "squacking" when they are fighting for their chance at the feeder.
He would flit from flower to flower around the feeder, and then back for a drink...
and then he would fly around to his favorite flowers in the area....
|if you look closely, you can see Mr. Hummer perched on the table immediately center to the black pot...|
Back at the other feeder, another hummer is manning the fort.
He sits still long enough for me to get a great shot of him as he fills up his tank..
Our cat, Mr. Simba is not far from the action. His head is on a pivot trying to keep up with all the activity of the hummingbirds. Luckily for them, they are far out of reach of Mr. Simba's claws, and all Simba can do is watch the action intently.
... circling the feeder to make sure the coast is clear, and there is no fight to fight...
... to refill the tank.
Now, I wasn't able to get a picture of the fight that goes on between the wasps and the hummers... but they do fight too! I did not realize this before. But, the wasps spend quite a bit of time around the feeders trying to figure out a way to get some of the sugar. And I have seen those wasps chase the hummer away! The wasps do not like any interference from the hummers, and certainly the hummers are more than willing to put up a fight, but I have seen the wasps literally chase the hummers away.
I put together a video below for you to get in on some of the action going on around here, and maybe you'll understand why I am more afraid now of the hummers than they are of me! I think a pair of sunglasses are in order when out in the yard with these guys! One wrong move on my part could really hurt if their beak flying at a high rate of speed were to connect with any part of my body! Ouch!