Hockessin, Delaware

Hummingbirds are finicky and feisty little birds. One day they're at your feeder then they go missing for several days. Mostly they're jockeying for territories and temporary mates. Males can be quite defensive when other Hummingbirds be they male or female enter their territory. Within that area is your feeder which at times can be an aerial battlefield. If you are regularly visited by a female you can assume she's nesting nearby. The couple only get together for the momentary act of mating and then they have nothing else to do with each other. The female builds the nest and raises the young on her own. She only has two egg per brood and maybe two nestings per season. I put out two Hummingbird feeders at a time but I place them on opposite sides of the house. This lessens conflict.