Each year we have between 2 - 4 Rufous couples that use the feeders. As anyone who watches,,,, they are very territorial, seems like they spend half their day chasing each other away. They are almost fearless, I've seen them chase merlins and sharpies out of the yard. Tonight,,,, over the top aggression, never seen anything like it, closest feeder was over fifty feet away and on the opposite side of the house. One male had another male pinned to the ground,hovering about 6inches above,, throat patch displaying,,,,the last 'attack' (for lack of a better word),,,,, he hit him straight on,,,, and flipped him over. He stayed on the ground for a couple of seconds, that seemed to satisfy the aggressor and he took off. Since I was 10 feet away,,, hard to tell if there were any injuries.
Any thoughts on the level of aggression? Food shortage because of the cold and harsh spring here?
So glad to see daffodils finally blooming this year.