Anna’s Hummingbirds (ANHU) have a reputation for being a bit feisty in spite of (or maybe because?) of their size. I was privileged to witness an interaction between an ANHU and a White-crowned Sparrow yesterday at UBC’s Point Grey campus that proved this point quite well: The sparrow had the temerity to perch – and even sing! – on the hummingbird’s favourite tree. After seeing the ANHU dive-bomb this foolish sparrow twice (I should add that he expressed his displeasure quite loudly, too), watch what happens next:
The moral of this tale? Don’t fool with hummingbirds!