Blog: The jerk, the fighter and the sneaky one

Here’s the green one. He’s kind of a jerk, but he’s so pretty!

It’s just after seven, and I’m out on the porch with my laptop (coffee!), the telephoto is attached to the camera, and yesss the hummingbirds are super active right now. We’ve had the feeders out since Easter, and maybe that’s why we’ve been seeing so many. According to the North Okanagan Naturalist Club, there are four main varieties that visit our area, starting around mid-April. There’s the Anna’s, Black-chinned, Calliope and Rufous, and I’m not sure, but we may have one of each. We have our green one – super chatty and trying to claim the entire area. It hovers and then hides in our overgrown Forsythia bush, is really happy with our new hanging flower basket, and claims ownership over the pair of feeders we’ve hung, about 20 feet apart. And then there’s a smaller white and brown bird. This one has a spiky collar thing going on, we’ve noticed as it perches at the feeder. He – or she, discovered this little spot first, and almost every time it approaches for food, the green one is always watching from the Forsythia, and

See ya!

usually has something to say. There’s squeaky warning chirps, and then all of a sudden there’s a little bird tornado looping around our covered porch. That’s when we sometimes see a third hummingbird, brown with bright red on the chest. This one takes the opportunity to take its time at both feeders, leisurely buzzing off just in time for the other two to resume their uneasy peace.

We took a lot of pictures this week. 96% of them were what you expect from hummingbird pics, but these ones turned out! Enjoy your Sunday, I talked to our fire chief and a BC ambulance spokesperson last week, and I’ll have something for you on that soon!

Written by Kristen Friesen

May 3, 2020

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