Sunday, May 17, 2009

Hummingbirds becoming territorial May 17, 2009



Today I noticed a behaviour change in my male hummingbirds. I have feeders at both the front and the back of the house. In both areas the male is chasing off other hummingbirds. It was recommended that I put feeders at different levels in order to avoid this behavior but the male dominant hummingbird won't allow any other nearby. Also the males are now sitting on top of the feeders, on the tree nearby, bell lines guarding the feeder. Any sign of a hummingbird coming near it off it goes to chase it away. The female is allowed to come occasionally. Here is a shot of the male sitting on top of the feeder by my computer window. I was able to sit outside and take this photo as he is now on the feeder all the time.

4 comments:

  1. We have just one Hummingbird feeder and noticed the same behaviour from the male.

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  2. Thanks Dan nice to know it is not unusual behaviour. I really have not watched them as closely as this year. Ann

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  3. Oh my goodness! I am having the exact same problem, with the exact same kind of hummingbird! We put up another feeder and a hanging flower basket by the deck, but he guards all three! He perches on the branches of the trees right in front of our deck and is always on the look-out. One afternoon, I saw a new hummingbird approach the feeder, and the territorial hummingbird came out of nowhere and body-slammed the poor thing. He chases away every hummingbird that flies around the area, too.

    I'm so relieved to know that I'm not the only one experiencing this! Do you think putting up 2-3 more feeders would help? I plan on putting feeders in front and on the corners of our home.

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  4. Marie - it makes no difference. I put up more feeders at different levels and he now guards all of them. I did put feeders at the front of the house and I now have a male guarding that one. Same problem different area.

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