I know, I’m in a real hummingbird rut aren’t I? But you can see the streaks of color on this guy’s neck – I think he’s a male Calliope. You can see the color is there, but you don’t get the sparkle and brightness of the color because he’s in the shade, not the sun. Just like people – sometimes our color and sparkle doesn’t show because we’re in the shade. Sometimes we have days that are just hard to sparkle through – or moments, or hours. Sometimes our light needs to dim for awhile.
This picture is just to prove that more than one hummingbird can feed from a feeder at a time. In past years the varieties we’ve hosted have not been so hospitable and cannot agree to spend time together. I understand having those days where you just don’t want to share your space, where putting on your happy, public face is just too much effort. But all the time? That’s not good. I’ve tried to explain to those aggressive, territorial Rufous hummers that it is possible and good to sometimes be social. I think they’ve watched too many leaders of too many countries agree to disagree. Sad.
I believe this is a young oriole – what I think was its mother was at the feeder. The other morning I watched mom try to explain to youngsters that when they got hungry they should go to the feeder where they would find nourishment. Mom would eat and chatter at the young one, with the young one chattering back but apparently refusing to get the message that mom was tired of having to bring home the bacon all the time, time for the kid to get out and earn his keep.