Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I promised more photos of hummers, so here they are!
There were two of them on that morning, and they were taking turns chasing each other away from the evening primrose. I could hear their tiny, squeaky chirps. I'm sure in hummingbird language, those cute little sounds were actually bellows of rage. Hummers are territorial little brutes.
I'm tempted to apologize for the quality of the photos, but I've never tried to photograph such quick, unpredictable subjects.
The morning sun was hitting the flowers, but the battle progressed to the fence, which was still in the shade.
It seemed to me like they were expending a silly amount of energy driving each other away from the food.
The following day Chris confirmed that the hummers were using the scarlet runner beans (Phaseolus coccineus) as a food source, too. I'll have to get some photos of that plant. It is definitely one that we'll be growing again. The beans are tasty, the flowers are pretty, and they attract hummingbirds. Win win win!