Every so often this young male would show up along side our deck and take ownership of the few blooms that remained on this Bluebird Clematis. He'd hit each one that remained and then sit proudly on one of his vine perches. Being pushed from the feeders, this was one location that remained. It wasn't much but it was his, and he owned it. He'd sit and watch the feeding and fighting going on around the garden, and occasionally let out a little squeak of his own, just warning the others not to dare touch his measly little flowers.
Once in a while he'd attempt a takeover of a seemingly unoccupied feeder, but squeaky warnings rang out from the trees, telling him not to dare. He knew of the many feeders around the garden, and also knew it was a daring attempt to even think about feeding from one of them. Nevertheless, he'd try, as that nectar was worth the effort, even though there was a possibility of a piercing bite on the backside.
Not long after, he'd return to the 3 measly overfed flowers tangled within the bluebird vines. "This'll have to do".
Advanced juvenile male Ruby-throat hummingbird. N.E. of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
August 9, 2020.