Contemplating Life

This little Hummingbird seems to be thinking about things, perhaps contemplating life or wondering where she will go for her next meal.  Going by the white patch behind the eye, I’m pretty sure that this is either an adult female Anna’s Hummingbird or a juvenile male Anna’s Hummingbird.


About Feeding Birds in Summer..

Who knew that there are so many birds in summer coming to feeders?  Not me, that’s for sure.  I feed the birds in winter but thought that in summer there would be only House Sparrows.  Right now I am going through  at least 2 lbs of seed per day.  Little did I know the number of birds and different species that would come..besides House Sparrows there are House Finches (as above, male in breeding color), Brown-headed Cowbirds (male and female) a Red-winged Blackbird, Black-headed Grosbeak (male and female) Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, one male Goldfinch, one young Starling, these not to mention 3 squirrels feeding from seed dropped on the ground.  And also Hummingbirds, many Hummingbirds, below is one of the many:

So now I have a decision to make: husband thinks that I am doing them no favors by feeding them but I love to see and hear them in the yard.  But by providing birdseed am I harming them because they don’t have to search for their natural food? I saw a mother House Sparrow carrying a moth to her nest and that got me to thinking the birdseed feeding.

So what do you think?  is it a good idea to feed or a bad idea?  I am undecided.



One Aggressive Little Hummingbird

Here are two photos of  Rufous Hummingbird.  He takes on anyone who comes near the Hummingbird feeder while he is there.   He is the tiniest of the Hummingbirds that come to our feeder but he is surely the most aggressive.  Other species who come to the feeder are chased away when he arrives on the scene.

Apparently this little fellow migrates 3,000 miles, can you imagine?

For more information on Rufous Hummingbird, follow this link to All About Birds.