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Old 04-04-20, 11:24 AM
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Looking out the window is therapeutic.. waiting for those crazy hummingbirds. Those little guys are mean

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We saw (by we, I mean my wife) our first of the season last evening.

Yes, they are jealously territorial. Their dogfights over our feeders later in the summer are quite entertaining.

So, a question for you HG; Do Texas hummingbirds have horns?
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We saw (by we, I mean my wife) our first of the season last evening.

Yes, they are jealously territorial. Their dogfights over our feeders later in the summer are quite entertaining.

So, a question for you HG; Do Texas hummingbirds have horns?
Yes some do! One breed is slightly bigger than the others and they tend to be the bully hummingbirds their color is green and black and they even dive bomb me when I’m refilling the feeders. They have some kind of horns but I can’t confirm this because they don’t stay still very long. Most spasmodic things.

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Here's a picture I shot a few years back; I was in Baton Rouge in late October and the hummers were passing through going South in large numbers. Pretty incredible photo opportunity.


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They have been here since early March. I think they winter in Mexico and move north when weathers warms up. Yup that’s the green, black and silver bully hummingbirds.
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No horns...
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We've just recently started to see them here by our house. We live in a housing tract where almost everyone has a feeder, so we see a lot of them throughout the warm season. We had a nest in one of our trees that produced 2 offspring. My wife loves them.
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Hummingbirds are year-round residents here in the puget sound. They don't realize I'm only fattening them up for next thanksgiving 🍗🍴
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They're really confident too. They like to harass cats.
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I saw what appeared to be a hummingbird last summer, but it didn't look quite right. With a bit of research, I learned it was actually a moth - informally called the Hummingbird Moth. They look similar and feed at the same plants, but lack the aggressive behavior. I guess when your lifespan is only 7 months, you don't waste time or energy fighting.
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Originally Posted by downtube42 View Post
I saw what appeared to be a hummingbird last summer, but it didn't look quite right. With a bit of research, I learned it was actually a moth - informally called the Hummingbird Moth. They look similar and feed at the same plants, but lack the aggressive behavior. I guess when your lifespan is only 7 months, you don't waste time or energy fighting.
Here's one from my garden. When the ginger blooms they come out at night or late evening. They're a type of Sphinx moth:

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No horns...
Can't find steers that small.
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Yup, they sure are territorial. I've put feeders out for the last few years. They don't get up here (WI) until late April-early May. Like much of the country, we only get the Ruby-Throated variety. The lucky left coast folks get others.

*I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that homemade nectar, 1 part regular sugar to 4 parts water, is the only way to go. None of that dyed store-bought nonsense!
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At least it's not squirrels.
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