Had a visitor to the yard today….a beautiful Cooper’s hawk! Needless to say, every bird in sight disappeared instantly…except for the juvie male Rufous hummer who guards the end of my driveway. He was divebombing the hawk if it moved, and cussing at it incessantly for as long as it was there. Fortunately it had its eyes on other things (house sparrows) and couldn’t be bothered with this tiny feisty morsel!
The dive-bombing in this video doesn’t show…but you can hear him cussing in the background (turn up the sound, but cover any tender ears in the room—such language, tsk tsk!!) http://dgpatterson.com/janebirds/CoopVsRufous.wmv
And here’s a closeup of the tough guy. Does he look 10 feet tall and bullet proof to you??? http://dgpatterson.com/janebirds/rusty_hum_side_good.wmv