Okay Sue and everyone I must up one you all. Several years ago after a
strong thunder storm I had a just fledged (I have to think it was blown in
from Hebron, NY nest?) Bald Eagle at Danby Pond. While watching it I was
amazed to see a hummingbird repeatedly dive at it , 4 or 5 times, just what
kind of threat did the hummer think it posed to its food source? Falling on
the flowers and squishing them, possible the Eaglet was awful wobbly!
From: "Sue" <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sunday, August 28, 2016 6:16 PM
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Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Unusual hummngbird behavior?
> Here in my yard in Brandon a hummer was annoying a blue jay.
> Sue Wetmore
> Sent from my iPod
>> On Aug 28, 2016, at 3:25 PM, Jane Stein <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> The behavior of newly fledged hummingbirds is a riot. They go after each
>> other and other birds aggressively, and seem to have a particular dislike
>> for chickadees, maybe because they're the closest to them in size. What
>> you're seeing is perfectly normal behavior.
>> A word of warning. Don't go out wearing a red hat this time of year if
>> you don't want to be harassed!
>>> On 8/28/2016 2:37 PM, Kathy Leonard wrote:
>>> We have a wild batch of juvenile RT Hummingbirds right now, acting
>>> like Jedi warriors...building their skills I guess. Most of them act
>>> like males... but since both males and female juveniles have the same
>>> white tail-tips, it's hard to know.
>>> One of them has been badgering a chickadee....following it around;
>>> and at one point, it performed its courtship Arc over the chickadee
>>> sitting in a plum tree. I've never seen this before...maybe he's
>>> working on method, or else hopelessly confused.