After a cool night there was nothing he wanted more than to relax and soak up some morning sun. His colors were spectacular and every fiber of his being reflected beauty. He sat there quite content contemplating his list of activities for the new day. It didn't take long, however, until an intruder showed up. Even though 10 feeders hung around the garden, there was still not enough to share. It was his garden, his territory and his food. By the expression of his tail it was obvious he was ready to fight. He fanned it out and dwelt on his anger, and at the right moment was ready to burst into action. He had little desire to do this, but it was necessary to protect the flowers, feeders and breeding rights to his territory. He hoped the fanning of his tail was enough to intimidate the intruder, but soon realized it just wasn't. He launched from his sunny perch and accelerated with great speed. It was time to set an example!
N.E. of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. May 2018