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.