This summer, our back garden seems to have been claimed by not one, but two male Ruby throated hummingbirds. Not that I'm complaining, you understand. I was simply stating the facts :-)
After all, I've spent the past five years catering to them and making sure our garden offers what they need - shelter and food sources.
Hummingbird A has staked his claim on the Crepe Myrtle, and the feeders on the western side of the garden. He can be seen sitting on a branch, keeping a beady eye out for intruders, or lady callers as the case may be.
Hummingbird B seems to favor the Vitex or Chaste tree, which is in dire need to pruning and tidying up but still offers some blooms. He also lays claim to the feeder in one of the island beds.
I look forward to the next few weeks of watching their antics, and those of the other hummingbirds who stop by, and getting lots more photos!
You have been warned!
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.