I added a small bowl feeder (Aspects "HummBlossom", available at lihummingbirdplants.com) to the dead branch, hanging over the back deck, where Fred often perches, and he seems to like it. Much of the time he is on the tip of the dead pine tree that allows him a sweeping view of the western valley, where I cannot get close enough to film him well.
But he sometimes leaves this spot, either to patrol the rest of his territory, or else to visit his perch over the deck, from which he will often briefly visit this little bowl feeder, which allows him to stand while feeding. Here's the perch just above the feeder. At then end of the clip he dives down to the minibowl feeder. I over-exposed the video so although he's in silhouette against the sky you can see a lot of detail. So far this summer I'm only rarely seeing other hummers - Fred is keeping them out.
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