Meet the local bully a Male Rufus Hummingbird. We typically only have Calliope Hummingbirds list our backyard feeder so it was a surprise, and a welcome one, to have this beautiful guy visit. It was a pleasure until we observed his bullying behavior. He would fly to the tree the feeder was hung from and perch on a hidden branch waiting for unsuspecting Calliopes to visit. He would then swoop down and chase them off. The funny part is that he seldom visited the feeder for a sip of nectar himself. Beautiful but quite the bully this Rufus guy.
7 thoughts on “The Bully”
Our Ruby-Throated hbirds seem to do that, too. They are feisty little birds.
Nice colors on the Rufus. I’ve never seen one before.
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What a pretty little thing. He looks too small to be a bully, but I know differently!
Hummingbirds can be astounding in their fierceness. Territoriality. Such little creatures, but huge warriors. This rufous photo is wonderful, Mike.
A beautiful bird and gorgeous capture with that lovely green background!
He is so beautiful. I certainly don’t condone bullying but in this case I will make an allowance. What a privilege to share your backyard with such a beauty.
What a beautiful bird– unfortunate it has bad manners !
Lovely bird, Mike, but he is downright mean!