There’s a first time for everything.
We’ve lived at Meadow Knoll for over 30 years, and this is the first time we’ve seen a snake on a hummingbird feeder. We watched for several minutes, and this five-foot bullsnake didn’t move. He was busy pretending to be an innocent, inviting tree branch that a wing-weary hummer can perch on for a good rest and a late-evening snack.
But not for long. Bill fetched the snake stick and a garbage can and wrestled the snake out of the rafters. This morning, he gave the snake a quick identifying spurt of white spray paint a few inches behind the head and deported him to the other side of the lake. If we see him again, we’ll recognize him. Next time, he’ll get a longer ride.
This surprising event prompted me to do a little online research and discover this interesting post on “Hummingbird Predators.” Now I know that snakes do prey on hummingbirds (especially nesting birds). The predators’ list also includes cats, birds, praying mantids (there’s a grisly photo on the link), spiders, bees and wasps, frogs, and even (astonishingly) fish. Do tell!
Reading note. Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.–Mary Oliver