Old and fat may not be the intended goal of many people, but it is necessary for survival when you’re a migrating hummingbird. Better just to hang out close to the food source and not burn too many calories. Some birds — particularly the older ones –will double their weight before the final migratory push, some 2,000 miles away.
This guy is the wise one and takes feeder guarding seriously. He struggles to protect his treasured feeder against incoming diners while in flight, appearing injured as he labors slowly back up to his perch. But he has settled into a more efficient way to protect his precious nectar source.
His strategy? Intimidation and conservation.
Ain’t no one getting passed this bouncer.
- Tiny Hummingbirds’ Incredible Migration, The Cornell Lab, March 16, 2016
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Happy and Safe Travels, El Gordo!