Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Humming Bird Wars

The Moon Lake trip that we made for the week before the 4th of July was a fantastic smorgasbord of treats.  It was a trip back in time to a time of my life that was very simple and delightful.  It held a number of surprises.  The amount of wildlife that I encountered was a real surprise though.  There were the deer and and a few larger animals but the small critters were something that could not be ignored.

Humming Birds were there in force and they were not shy, they were actually quite aggressive and almost like mosquitos but I must say the were very interesting.

We camped in the campground and right next to my good friends who were the campground hosts.  They had been there for a few weeks and had their humming bird feeders out and those little birds knew it.


I have a feeder on my deck at home and have had for a couple of years.  Last year I was able to watch the humming birds towards the end of the summer but they were real shy.  This year I have only got a glimpse twice so far but I know they are eating because the food keeps going down.

That was not the case at Moon Lake.  Dan and Dorothy had their feeders out and those little birds knew it.  They had gathered and they were draining those feeders as fast as they could.  When the feeders would get empty those little guys would come right up to your face and I think they were saying  'come on fill the feeder', but I don't speak humming bird.

One of the males would sit on a limb of a tree that overlooked one of the feeders and would do his best to chase all the others away but there were just too many for him.  I couldn't believe how aggressive they were.  More than once I had a humming bird go zipping by right in front of my face not 3-4 inches away, that flash would scare the crap out of ya!