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Old Monday 18th January 2016, 04:10   #1
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Hummer Behavior

Hello folks, three weeks into hummingbirds and trying to learn all I can. Live in San Francisco.

Two weeks ago, I put up a feeder and have one hummer coming. Would like feedback on his behavior.

I'll call him #1. He stays in a nearby branch in my yard for pretty much the whole day. He would regularly take a drink and fly to a dense tree perhaps two hundred feet away (maybe he has a nest?) then comes back to my yard a few minutes later. It seems when other birds comes by, he chases them away. (I guess that's what he's doing)

The past week, I've noticed a different, young looking hummer along side #1, he doesn't chase this one away, maybe it's #1's baby? The past few days, #1 stopped coming to my yard and the young one seems to have taken over #1's spot on the same branch in my yard. Very curious what happened to #1.

What do you think is going on? thanks.
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Old Thursday 16th June 2016, 18:40   #2
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The male hummers like to dominate the feeders I noticed. I have one that does the same exact thing. The other hummer you saw might be a female. The male may have found another feeder to dominate or he has other hang outs to visit :)
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Old Saturday 18th June 2016, 16:58   #3
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2 feeders (not within sight of each other) is a better way to start. Things are violent and territorial. Hummingbirds too.
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