[Tweeters] Male Anna's mortality interaction
baro at pdx.edu
Fri May 6 18:44:38 PDT 2022
I found it amazing. Almost unbelievable. BUT..............see here.
Appears also to be a molting (immature?) Anna's killing an adult.
Bob OBrien Portland
On Fri, May 6, 2022 at 5:48 PM Steve Giles <giles.steve at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Hello all,
> This morning I witnessed a male Anna's hummingbird impaling another male
> Anna's with its beak until it died.
> At about 9 AM I looked out at our feeders and on one of them I saw what
> looked like an Anna's perched on top of something dark and horizontal in
> the channel of the feeder. The perched bird seemed to be stabbing whatever
> it was on with its bill. I looked through my bins and saw that it was
> another hummingbird laying on the feeder being repeatedly stabbed by the
> bird on top of it. Next I slowly walked out to the feeder and got to within
> 18 inches of the activity and had close views of one male Anna's
> vigorously impaling another around the head and throat. The attacker was so
> consumed by its efforts that it only spooked when I got within a foot of
> the scene. This all happened in about fifteen minutes. Finally the prone
> bird tumbled off the feeder onto the ground. I later collected it and will
> take it to the Burke Museum.
> Has anyone else seen Anna's aggressive behavior rise to this deadly level?
> Steve Giles
> Camano Island
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