(Login tbyrnes) Hummingbird Member 2006 Posted Jun 15, 2012 7:47 AM
I have large oak trees and they attract jays and squirrels, which then attract hawks. I love to see the hawks and you are very right, Becky, when they see the hawks they raise a ruckus.
I have seen Blue Jays chase hummingbirds--and they were trying to catch them, not just chasing them away. Usually the hummers are too quick. Like Nancy, I have never seen one catch a hummingbird, but that doesn't mean that they haven't when I wasn't looking.
I have the same experience as you with caterpillars, Becky. The cardinals love the Eastern Black Swallowtail cats. I will see a bunch of them eating the fennel, growing quite big and then then next day they are all gone. I think that once the cardinals find one they then look for the others. I have started putting the cats in a large plastic box/cage in the garage. They do quite well there.
Finally broke down and bought a camera. It has bothered me that I can't post any pictures here. Now I need to learn how to use it. It's gonna take a while.