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  1. I live in Manchester Ohio and I have my hummingbird feeders out evYear. I love t watch them They are very aggressive The males run all the other hummingbirds away from the feeder. Can you tell me why?

    1. Of course, Cherylann! (And we see this on our feeders too!) The behavior you’re observing with the male hummingbirds being aggressive towards other hummingbirds around the feeder is actually quite common and has to do with their territorial and competitive nature.

      Male hummingbirds are known for their vibrant colors and unique courtship displays, which they use to attract females and establish their dominance over feeding territories. By chasing away other hummingbirds, especially other males, they aim to control the food source (your feeder) and increase their chances of mating with females in the vicinity. This behavior helps them ensure they have access to the necessary resources for their own survival and reproduction.

      It’s worth noting that while male hummingbirds can be quite territorial, their behavior tends to peak during the breeding season when competition for mates is highest. Outside of this season, their aggression might be less pronounced. Female hummingbirds, on the other hand, are usually more focused on finding safe nesting sites and securing food resources for themselves and their young.

      We’ve also seen in the the more southern states, that hummingbirds actually share the feeders. We’ve seen multiple feeding at once in the more southern states when on vacation! I wish we had that here in Ohio, but usually we just see one male protecting the feeder at all times.

    1. Hi Carol! I am the same way! With the cold snap last night I was thinking about them this morning! We’ve had a few stopping over on their migration south, I hope they all made it to warmer weather now! 🙂

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