The Yard Guards

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I have 4 hummingbird feeders, 2 in the front yard, 2 in the backyard. So there are 2 male Anna’s that have staked out the territory as their own: one in the front, one in the back. Above is the backyard guard who I call “Pete” (Sweet, Petite Pete).

This is “Newt” (Little Cute Newt), the front yard guard:


I don’t usually name my yard birds but a lot of people in the hummingbird Facebook group I belong to do, so I decided why not?

Lately, I’ve spent more time with Pete. One morning last week, I sat in my backyard for several hours reading with my camera close by. Pete stayed pretty near.

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(Click to enlarge below photo for easier reading.)

Hummingbird Pee Story


There are some females (or immature males) around and they are permitted to occasionally grab a drink before the boys are in hot pursuit.

Sparkle Plenty

Red Feeder

But these 2 are always watching…and ready to head off an intruder…




DSC_3709“Get outta my yard!”

As an aside, if you have 6 minutes to spare, watch this totally cool and inspiring video about a wildlife photojournalist:

Joe Riis, National Geographic Adventure


8 thoughts on “The Yard Guards

  1. I always really enjoy seeing your pictures of birds, especially the hummingbirds. “The Little PeePot” photo is so funny! And thank you for sharing the NGEO video.



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