Dec 232011
 

Landscaped Nesting by ShowMeNature
Landscaped Nesting

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A Belted Kingfisher On A Foggy Day

A Bluebird Trying To Figure Things Out by screek
A Bluebird Trying To Figure Things Out

The mightiest owl of Australia – #birds #nature #wildlife – high in a tree in the Royal Botanical… by dustygedge
The mightiest owl of Australia - #birds #nature #wildlife - high in a tree in the Royal Botanical...

American Avocet by BeverlyEverson
American Avocet

Great Blue Heron On The Green Carpet by screek
Great Blue Heron On The Green Carpet

Ever Vigilant by JKissnHug
Ever Vigilant

Photo of the Day: Northern Flicker by MaineBirder
Photo of the Day: Northern Flicker

Mésange bleue (Cyanistes caeruleus) , Blue Tit by Pescalune
Mésange bleue (Cyanistes caeruleus) , Blue Tit

Tufted Titmouse Posing for Me by KerriFar
Tufted Titmouse Posing for Me

Don’t Bug Me by preskittgurl
Don't Bug Me

Momma Looking For Lunch by akanaphoto
Momma Looking For Lunch

Boat-tailed Grackle by MickiP65
Boat-tailed Grackle

Tawny Frogmouth by dustygedge
Tawny Frogmouth

Clark’s Grebe by sniehans
Clark's Grebe

Photo of the Week! A Loon with Open Wings! by NaturalVisionPhoto
Photo of the Week! A Loon with Open Wings!

Day 314: Double-crested Cormorant by MickiP65
Day 314: Double-crested Cormorant

Photo of the Day: Common Grackle by MaineBirder
Photo of the Day: Common Grackle

Dusky Wood Swallow by dustygedge
Dusky Wood Swallow

Snowy Egret by NatureWurks
Snowy Egret

Baltimore Oriole by MaineBirder
Baltimore Oriole

Kookaburra – Royal National Park, NSW by dustygedge
Kookaburra - Royal National Park, NSW

A Pileated Woodpecker Feeding On Berries by screek
A Pileated Woodpecker Feeding On Berries

Tiny mocking bird, big attitude by rangerous
Tiny mocking bird, big attitude

Black-capped Chickadee by BeverlyEverson
Black-capped Chickadee

Sharp-shinned Hawk with fresh kill by robinclifton
Sharp-shinned Hawk with fresh kill

Hovering Hummingbird by MaineBirder
Hovering Hummingbird

Apr 302009
 
Hummer on a Stick

Hummer on a Stick

Reduce hummer stress: place feeders around your property out of sight of each other.

Hummingbird males (at least our broad-tailed hummingbird males) like sticks.

They like a vantage point to oversee their territory, to dominate all in sight. They terrorize any males that come into range (even if merely flying by) and hound any poor females stopping on a feeder to grab a rest and a bite (ok slurp.) These sticks are what they need in order to be mini masters of their domain.

So, don’t create a vantage stick? Don’t support this little megalomaniac? Maybe, but they’ll be little the same little bleeder anyway, just from a nearby branch or a bush.

If you put up the stick and attract them to it, at least you get some say in the matter. You can locate it such that he cannot see another feeder hidden around the corner of the house allowing those nesting females a break.

Literally within minutes of me putting this stick up we had a settler. He gave himself a good stretch and made himself at home.

Stretch

Stretch

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