We have been feeding the hummingbirds around here for several years and have a nice bunch of hummingbirds enjoying our feeders and fountain every day. There are three species we see all the time. They fight – and sit in the trees and click – and fly through the house from one feeder to another – and even nest in our bamboo.
My favorite is the Cinnamon Hummingbird. They are the biggest of the three that we see a lot. They dominate our back yard feeder, and since at about 4 inches, they can!
The Fork-Tailed Emerald Hummingbird is the most plentiful of all. The aerial acrobatics that they perform are just amazing! And they LOVE to take baths – the little bubble at the top of our fountain is their favorite and they will click and buzz if we forget to turn it on right away in the morning. They are fastidious, too – most seem to want a bath both in the morning and at night.
We recently became aware that there is a third species in our yard – the Little Hermit Hummingbird. It seems to be indifferent to competition and will drink away at the feeder as other hummers come and go.
The orioles drink from the feeder by sort of sitting on it and curving their beak around to use their long tongue to slurp up the nectar. They are pretty good at it, and are careful not to spill a drop. Maybe they know that the lady who fills them would get cranky if they wasted too much!
They make an interesting noise that I notice right away. Then the hummingbirds start doing their territorial clicking, but that wouldn’t scare an oriole!
Orioles also like fruit and fruit jelly, so I am trying to entice them to a piece of fruit that is about 10 feet from the feeder. I imagine it will take a few days for them to notice it, though.
Our kitchen table in the sala fresca is right in the flight path between the two feeders. Of course our windows are open all day! I can see both feeders from where I sit and I truly enjoy watching all the bird antics around here.