2020—A Taste of What’s to Come

The male Anna’s Hummingbird that dominates all six nectar feeders in my garden has now claimed one of my carefully positioned perches as his main guard post. Facing one way, he has a perfect view of four of the feeders. A quick glance over his wing gets the other two. In a second, he can reach each of the feeders to chase off any hummers he considers interlopers and, with few exceptions, they are all interlopers in his mind. During the heat of the day, this Anna’s prefers the shaded Photineas or Xylosma from which to oversee his domain but in the morning and late afternoon, when the sun does not directly strike the perch, he often sits in anticipation of his next sip of nectar or his next chase.

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