This little male Ruby-throated Hummingbird surveys his kingdom from the top of our 'Great Blue Heron' weathervane. He watches our yard and tries to chase any other male hummingbirds from the feeders. We outwit him by placing feeders and hummingbird flowers throughout our property, some where he can't see them from his perch. Thus, other hummers can sneak in and enjoy.
Him sitting on a heron reminds us of the myth that "hummingbirds migrate by riding on the back of geese." Hummingbirds migrate on their own, flying high over mountains (we have seen them migrating while we have been standing on mountains hawk-watching) and they cross the Gulf of Mexico to their wintering areas.
Speaking of hummingbirds, we continue to get responses to our recent post asking "Are Hummingbird Numbers Down", click here.
Enjoy your weekend. Clean your hummingbird feeders often in this hot weather and enjoy the hummers.