Cruising past the river today I paused to watch this Bald Eagle leisurely enjoy his lunch.
Once the eagle took off, the gulls moved in so quickly it was as if they’d been sitting on the sidelines waiting for him to leave.
The gulls made fishing look easy, plucking unsuspecting alewives from the river as they passed in the shallows.
It’s been ten days now since they’ve returned – the boys of summer, aka the male hummingbirds.
As I enjoyed coffee on the porch this weekend, this little fellow perched on the hook and chirped incessantly at me the entire time I sat out there with him. I think he may be have been guarding the feeder. He chased off every hummer who flew into range. I ultimately spread the feeders out a bit more.
I did get a lot of gardening done this weekend (cleaned out the last two greenhouse beds and planted tomatoes, beans, chard, and herbs). But, I confess these little guys sucked me in dawdling as sat with my camera at the ready waiting for them to fly into focus.
Within a week of the boy’s return, the girls arrived on scene.
I love the emotions in this trio of images – unsuspecting, aware, and then miffed.
This is my favorite new feeder of the season – a little one that perches in the hanging flower pots. There may be a few more of these in my future.
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