Archilochus colubris

Plagues.  Floods of biblical proportions.  Looming economic collapse.  Endless wars.  At least there is an endless free airshow outside the kitchen window as ridiculously cocky and aggressive male hummingbirds (average adult weight:  3.1 grams) engage in a never ending game of 'the feeder is all mine'.

This is despite the fact that 1/2 cup of sugar and 2 cups of water, boiled together, would probably feed a flock of these birds for a month or more...

When I first moved to Waterbury (2006) seeing these birds was something of an infrequent occurence, but now they are common.  I wonder if succeeding generations have settled in the meadow out back, knowing that there is a reliable source of easy calories close at hand (or beak). 

A few more recent images here.

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