“T” Challenge: Threat Display

Finch Threatened
Finch Threatened, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  Click on photo to enlarge.

why must one threaten
those who truly mean no harm

This is a photo I took this past summer of a female house finch receiving a defensive threat display from a female ruby throated hummingbird.

Hummingbirds are aggressive and defensive around the feeders.  They even hover right in front of hubby and me with their tail feathers fanned out, which is the sign of a threat display.  We provide the feeders for them, and the finches won’t steal their food, but we all still get threatened.  However, it is certainly amusing and makes for good photo opportunities!

This is for the letter “T” Story Challenge by Frizztext, to share a short story or reflection, even an aphorism using a word tagged with each letter of the alphabet.

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37 responses to ““T” Challenge: Threat Display

  1. Thats a good picture – a title could be “Its not the size of the bird in the fight, its the size of the flight in the bird!”

    Cheers and thanks for taking part in WBW – Stewart M – Melbourne

  2. We noticed the same bird behaviour on our terrace. It really didn’t matter how much food we gave and how much space there was for all the different birds: doves, pigeons, robins, great and blue tits, blackbirds, magpies and jays. There was always fighting. Only on very, very cold days their mindset did change: defending their feeding groud became a less high priority. Quickly eating as many seeds a possible obviously was a better idea.

    You have made a beautiful photo.

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  5. Fergie – such a great capture and your haiku is perfect. I agree – no need to threaten ~ but how interesting that this phenomenon is observed even in nature…
    well done!! xo Love, R

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