A green hummingbird finial tops the nectar feeder in the front yard. Much larger than a real hummingbird, it serves as a lookout perch for the various birds who want full possession of the nectar. We have so enjoyed the hummingbirds this summer but most of them have left now with only a few stragglers remaining. It seems so non-productive for them to spend so much of their time fighting off other birds. Hardly anyone gets to eat much. It would seem to be in their best interest to share so everyone can leave on the long journey in the best of shape.
This seems to be a preferred spot.
Although they often use the bill for a perch.
Crouched and ready for a fight.
Proudly assuming authority over the feeder.
As we enjoy watching our migration bringing us other birds, we also are saddened to see the hummingbirds leave. We will keep the feeders up for two weeks past the last sighting. Then we will eagerly await the spring migration and these lovely little visitors nesting in our woods.