2023—The Birds and the Bees

This was a week for the birds and the bees. The feeders at Madera Canyon attracted more than Hummingbirds. There were Wasps, Yellowjackets, Honey Bees, and Bumble Bees all buzzing around the feeders to try to get to the nectar despite the bee guards on the feeders. Most of the time, the hummers managed to put up with the various apian interlopers but on a few occasions, they jumped, well they flew backwards as Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards, to avoid an encounter. This immature Rufous Hummingbird seemed to be more plagued by the bees than the other hummers.

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