We're seeing some delightful hummingbird activity in the garden.
They start as early as 5:45AM. I usually slip downstairs to open some windows for extra early morning cool air. Two windows have 'Dropmore Scarlet' honeysuckle growing alongside, and one has Crocosmia 'Lucifer" and the other, a red sage hybrid underneath. Two hummers are regular visitors. They usually come together. When windows are open you can hear theim chittering and their whirring wings. They come right up to the screen and hover in midair to stare at you.
When I'm outside, they sometimes hover around -- I might be blocking their way, or my presence was unexpected. A few times, a third hummer would come winging in. One day, there were two of them involved in mid-air wing-bashing. I could hear the wings strike each other. They were so intent that they flew right above my head -- I could've reached out and touched them. I watched as they spiraled up maybe 10~15 feet above me, then a third bird came winging in chittering, and they broke up and flew off.
Today, I watched as one flew over my head and landed on a bamboo horizontal of a pea/bean trellis maybe 4 feet away. I could see her flicking her tongue out several times. Then the 2nd one came and tried to land on a trellis netting hanging below. But every time she tried to land, the string would swing and she had to flap to maintain her balance. After trying 4 times, she gave up and hovered up to the bamboo to perch about a foot away from the other one.
I mentioned elsewhere that the hummers are sipping from the tomato flowers as well as pole bean flowers. It's kinda neat to think we're eating veggies pollinated by hummingbirds.