Hummingbirds face many dangers in their everyday lives while eating, flying, or perching. When you are setting up your yard landscape to be “hummingbird friendly”, always keep thinking of ways to protect them. Danger can come in many forms. One may be from one of their own kind who feels his territory has been invaded.
Extreme weather is always a concern; a heavy frost is as potentially fatal as severe heat and drought (due to dehydration).
- Aggressive Birds
Deterring Aggressive Birds
Some hummingbirds can be especially territorial. A dominant male can overpower a single feeder to defend his food supply. Try using a feeder that has large plastic flowers disguising each feeding port.
These may block the dominant hummingbird's view of other birds. Another solution for aggressive hummingbirds is to place several feeders close together. The aggressive hummingbird will then not be able to defend all of the feeders, in turn, allowing other fellow hummingbirds to come and drink as well!
Sometimes hummingbirds are not territorial at all. If yours aren't, consider yourself lucky; someone has obviously taught them to share. In some instances you may see as many as 10 or more hummingbirds feeding from a single feeder at the same time.
Predatory birds such as hawks, on the other hand, are unwelcomed guests who threaten to harm your hummingbirds. It's important to understand that this is part of nature. One solution, however, is to take down your hummingbird feeders for a few days. The predatory bird should realize there is no longer a food source available, and move on.
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