Hummingbird Feeder Raiders

by Mike
(Southern CA)

Feeder Raiders, discussing menu

Feeder Raiders, discussing menu

I recently came across a couple of visitors to my Hummingbird feeder that caught me by surprise.

At first glance I thought it was the biggest damn hummingbird I ever saw, of course I was wrong. I sat and watched as they helped themselves to the sweet delight hanging before them and in no time the level of the nectar was slowly going down.

They would leave and return during the course of the day, each time removing the bee guards that I replaced after their last meal. It was then that I decided to lend a helping hand.

I had parts of an old feeder sitting around and figured I'd make a new place for them to dine. I cleaned and repaired what was broken and added some new sugar water.

I hung it next to the one they were raiding but this time I left off the bee guard.

I forgot to mention that while I was making a new batch of food and getting the other feeder ready, one of the birds returned and was not happy with finding the feeder missing, not at all! It was raising such a fuss, bouncing around the hanger looking for the food that I yelled out the window... Just a minute, I'll be right there! Yeah, like that worked.

I finally got everything set up and they soon returned to continue their feasting, quietly. They checked out both feeders before deciding on the second one I had set up without the bee guard, now they have their own feeder and hopefully they'll leave the others alone.


I'm not really a birder, I just like taking pictures so please forgive me if my photo isn't quite up to standards. Also, I'd appreciate it if someone could tell me what kind of birds these are.

Thanks, I'll send more pics as they come along.

Comments for Hummingbird Feeder Raiders

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

May 25, 2018
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Grey Catbird
by: Anonymous

I just saw a catbird drinking from our humming bird feeder.

Jul 26, 2016
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Yellow Oriole on Feeder
by: Anonymous

Either a yellow or hooded oriole loves my feeder too. I am in San Diego. I hear his call and go look. He is very skittish and I can't get a very good picture - but he is stunning, especially in contrast to the red feeder. I have so many hummers here that I am currently feeding 4 cups of nectar a day between two feeders!

Jun 11, 2016
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
HB feeder in North Carolina
by: Cyndy

My husband and I have just noticed a large bird drinking from our HB feeder...this is a first for us. Trying to identify the bird has been difficult. We believe it's a immature Red-Bellied woodpecker.
We are enjoying reading everyone's comments about this oddity.

Cyndy & Brad

Jun 06, 2016
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Orioles
by: Anonymous

I'm from Pennsylvania but they look like female orioles? Hooded maybe.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Hummingbird Invite.

 

heated bird bath pedestal
Heated Pedestal Baths

heated bird bath with dripper
Heated Ground Bath
heated bird bath deck mounted
Heated Deck Mounted

heated birdbath deck mounted
Scallaped Deck Mounted

 

spiral finch feeder
Bird Quest Spiral Finch
Giant Finch Flocker
Giant Finch Flocker
house finch feeder with tray
Nyjer Feeder w/Tray
upside down Goldfinch Feeder
Upside Down Nyjer Feeder

Subscribe To Our YouTube Channel To See All Our Bird Videos!