For all of their outward appearing sweet innocence, many hummingbirds demonstrate some marked violence among their community members. We took a good look at this behavior in our hummingbird epistle on the Corndancer dot com Photo of the Week page. Click here to go there and see a couple of hummingbird pictures and read the revealing prose. We’ll wait here while you do.
The hummingbirds are a seasonal part and parcel of the Chez Dempsey menagerie. The roster includes domesticated critters in Cleo, Yoda, Cocoa, and Ruby, canines of various persuasions; and Kodak, Katy, and Chessie, felines; and a supporting cast of wild beasts including squirrels, small birds, and a respectably sized short-eared owl, who, in fact, “belongs” to the entire neighborhood. It is truly a zoo. And a veterinary bonanza.
We attempt to feed the birds, which is a de-facto donation to the squirrels’ nutrition plan. It would take a bird feeder with the security of Fort Knox to successfully deny a squirrel what he or she deem to be their fair share of the food largess. Sooner or later, they would breach even that, I do believe.
When the squirrel arrives at the feeder and initiates satiating her voracious appetite, she becomes an unwitting food distributor. Squirrels have table manners somewhat akin to those of fabled barbarian, Attila the Hun plus a horde of hungry Vikings. As she munches away, she ejects bits and pieces which shower to the ground. Wrens, chickadees, sparrows, and other small birds migrate to the impact area and happily peck away at the tidbits.
While the critters take this nutritional war to heart, us humans enjoy their shenanigans for entertainment value. On many occasions it surely beats what is on the tube. And also gives us pause to consider what behavioral shortcomings we may share with the critters.
Each week, we shoot more than we have room to show. So we put all shots, the ones we post and the “picks” that weren’t posted, in a picture-only high-resolution gallery. The pix are bigger and better. Click here to go there.
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