My bird book describes Hummingbirds as “fearless and pugnacious” and it is an accurate description.
My mother likes to set out a little garden in pots on the end of the dock at the cottage; usually it is a combination of vegetables, herbs, and flowers – especially petunias and nasturtiums. The brightly-coloured flowers are very attractive to the Hummingbirds. As the summer wears on these tiny little birds become accustomed to us sitting on the dock near the flowers, and completely lose their fear of us. Indeed, on more than one occasion I have had a Hummingbird dive-bomb me when I have been sitting too close to the flower-pot.
When a Hummingbird gets up close and personal, it is always a female – in my experience they are much more aggressive and ferocious than the males (who are frequently on the losing end of the battles over the Hummingbird feeder near the cottage). When they fly past very close they sound like little fighter jets – VAROOM!
Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds are the only kind of Hummingbird that we get in the eastern half of North America. Although the females lack the ruby throat of the males, they have beautiful emerald green feathers on their backs and delicately striped throats that (I think) make them as pretty as the males.