One of the things that we enjoy in our tiny backyard at The Aerie is feeding the birds. We have a couple of different feeders – one for seed that attracts all sorts of sparrow-like birds as well as some jays and another for the fairly rare (but seen) western orioles.
But by far, our favorite is the “never ending flower” that is our hummingbird feeder. Almost every evening we get our own little “Star Wars” show of hummers zipping around and jockeying for position to get at the feeder ports. They’re really not very good at sharing.
But over the summer, one female hummingbird in particular has taken up roost in our yard. She patrols the circuit of our flax plant, the feeder and our jacaranda tree. I got this picture of her as the sun was setting as she was hanging out on the flax.
She’s very protective of “her” feeder, but didn’t seemed all that concerned when this snake was making a beeline for our open patio door.
Eutaw’s near consumption (fortunately I stopped her!) of it however made it reconsider and head back to the canyon.