Little Miss Bossy Pants

This term was coined by my friend InDaCampo, and it struck me so funny that it’s stuck with me. The hummingbirds frequently visit our terrace so I finally took pity on them and put the feeder back up. It was found within minutes, and it was staked out by our own Little Miss Bossy Pants a short time later.


Ever vigilant, she spends most of her time in a nearby tree and the moment another hummingbird dares approach the feeder, she is on the job chattering and swooping until they are chased off.


This beautiful little bird was lucky enough to stop by in one of those rare moments when LMBP let down her guard and went elsewhere for awhile.

Now, it’s getting dark, a time when the birds want to fill up for the night. Poor LMBP! 😀 She is beside herself trying to control of the situation because there are at least six other birds trying to eat. As soon as she chases one off, there are three more at the feeder taking advantage of her diverted attention. It is quite the ruckus.

We are easily amused here in Panama!

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We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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14 Responses to Little Miss Bossy Pants

  1. We have the exact same problem in the summer with the Rufus hummingbirds. They are quite territorial. I love your pictures. I never could get a decent pic of our little hummers. I guess there is always next year.


    • Thank you 🙂 They are hard to photograph. I got lucky in some decent light, took a whole bunch of them, and a few turned out. Keep trying! Then I can see your hummingbirds too.


  2. I never knew hummingbirds were do territorial until I observed them fighting over the feeder in Southern Illinois. They are very hard to photograph


  3. Dan says:

    Great pics of the little devils! We had daily air wars in our courtyard in Mexico. We hung two more feeders and kept them full. That way they could all at least try to feed. Lost two when they smashed into a window and bent the bills up. They’re great fun to watch.


    • Oh dear, probably good that there aren’t any tricky windows here, and they all have security covers so the birds won’t smash into them. I have another feeder but it’s loaned out. Maybe when they have more in the stores I’ll have to get it back.


  4. indacampo says:

    She’s a beaut! We’ve only got one or two left, they seem to have disappeared with the rain. 😦


    • Hmm, that’s interesting. We’re getting a lot of rain here but it doesn’t seem to have slowed these down a bit. And, thankfully the feeders aren’t full of wasps like they were in the dry season.


  5. sunnymikkel says:

    If your camera has a setting that allows you to take a series of pictures with one shutter release, try that to get a picture of a Hummingbird. Also using a tripod can help, especially if you have a remote shutter control as you can put it near the feeder and sit back away from it to take the pictures. Not my ideas, I read these on a photo tip site that send s me a daily email with 3-4 tips every day, PictureCorrect Photography Tips, the sign up is at


  6. Elvira says:

    great photos, great nature!


  7. Capt Dan says:

    I’m sure that Joel, being a musician, knows perfectly well why humming birds hum. It’s because they forgot the frigging words! Groan. Sorry, it’s the only humming bird one I’ve got. Nice picts, the little buggers are indeed hard to capture on film (actually chip). They dive bomb us and themselves with regularity here in Jupiter (the city not the planet),


  8. If you and Joel ever get together… the puns.. the jokes… scary thought! 😀
    Jupiter Florida?


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