Hummingbirds, Pond Flowers and Dragonflies.

Hummingbird (Trochilidae) On Pickerelweed (Pontederia)

Mid-Missouri is a hummingbird destination.

That is, these tiny, but incredibly energetic, birds treat mid-Missouri as a destination for breeding and, as a result, are extremely territorial in their presence (I’m still trying to grab a few good frames of the epic battle around the feeder amongst 4 hummers).

Apparently, other hummers aren’t the only territorial species in this particular area….

Hummingbird (Trochilidae) On Pickerelweed (Pontederia) Buzzed By Dragonfly (Anisoptera)

While watching hummers feed upon the shore line pond flowers, I noticed that the birds were quite commonly being buzzed by dragonflies!

That dragonfly in the upper left followed ever move of the hummingbird and, beyond that, dove in to seemingly tag the hummer regularly. This annoyed the hummingbird considerably and much aerobatics came with each buzz-by from the dragonfly.



One Response to “Hummingbirds, Pond Flowers and Dragonflies.”

  1. annbb says:

    Those hummer wars were just the best! The longest one I saw lasted about 25 minutes between all four of them. You would think they’d drop as an exhausted group after all that darting and twirling and dive-bombing! I don’t think any of them actually got even a sip of sugar water! Incredible to watch.

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