Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Who Rules the Roost? Rufous-tailed!

For 2 years I refused to have feeders, only flowers.
But gave in when Anthony left me with this feeder.
I do see more hummingbirds, but only one species now.
Atenas, Costa Rica

Like this juvenile Rufous-tailed,
they do still eat from flowers, but not totally.
Atenas, Costa Rica

The Rufous-tailed Hummingbirds dominate the feeder.
I believe there is a large family of them that had many babies.
Atenas, Costa Rica

This is an elder who may be in charge.
Atenas, Costa Rica

They even chase each other off the feeder or a "Pecking Order?"
Atenas, Costa Rica


I still have mixed emotions about using a feeder, though it does seem to keep more birds here year around. Not sure why I'm not seeing other species now which may be the work of the Rufous-tailed Hummingbirds chasing them off. I've thought about another feeder or two which most of the lodges I visit have even more of and many varieties of hummingbirds. We will see. I don't like the extra work of boiling water and adding sugar every few days!  :-)   I'm lazy in retirement! And more feeders would mean more sugar water!

For many different birds, see my Birds Photo Galleries

Today I restart my Spanish blog titled ¡Aprendo Español en Atenas! for those who want to see me struggle with español. My teacher requested it!






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