My name is Sharon. My husband Bob and I live in Huntington Beach, Ca. (southern California coastal area)
I am a retired professional dog trainer, my husband Bob recently retired (industrial electrician).
We've put out feeders for many years, however since Bob's retirement, we have had much more opportunity to observe the hummer activity in our back yard together.
We affectionately call it watching the "hummer wars"...and indeed, the battles get rather nasty if not amusing at any given time of day.
We have 5 feeders out. 3 along a stretch of covered patio, one at the eastern edge of the house on a plant pole, and one small one attached to a garden window by our kitchen sink.
As I write this, we can see that there are at least 4-5 hummers that have been visiting on a regular basis, for at least a couple of months now.
I have tried to identify the main characters. However, it is very hard to tell what they actually are, breed-wise. They are either Allen's or Rufus...each bird we can see appear to be either young males or females. I tend to lean toward Allen's....since from what I've read so far, they frequent our location. But the Rufus migrates through here as well.
If I were to judge their breed by their behavior, I'd have to say they are Rufuses, I read they can be "hella-territorial", lol. And by golly, these little devils are sometimes hysterical defenders of space. But making a positive ID is difficult, especially for these realitive newbs to the bird-watching scene. There is also one Anna's that comes by occasionally.
This year, as a special treat, we have also witnessed a family of Orioles. They are extremely shy birds, but the male is strikingly beautiful yellow and black. They enjoy the feeders, and we've seen the male share his "food spot secrets" to his youngsters. Since they are so shy, they don't sit at the feeders for long, and they don't disturb the hummer residence at all.
So, without writing a book, I thought I'd register here and join in the discussions about these little creatures, and see if I can't learn a thing or two more about them.
By the way, love the selection of smilies you have here.