Our resident pair were busy this morning.
This summer I hung a new feeder on the front porch for the visiting
hummingbirds - thankfully no ants have found it. I use only sugar and water
now, a clean batch every few days during the heat, none of that red tinted
In summertime we always have a visiting pair, the red-throated one being the
handsome male - of course they're both beautiful!
They're the most difficult birds to photograph due to their speed, but every now
and then I just manage to catch a few shots through the dining room window -
after standing there for what seems eternity, camera at the ready, usually
early morning or late afternoon.
Hundreds of kinds of hummingbirds nest in the American tropics, and more
than a dozen in the western U.S., but east of the Great Plains there is only
the Ruby-throat. Here in the southeast it is fairly common in summer in
open woods and gardens. Hovering in front of a flower, or a feeder, to sip
nectar, it beats its wings more than 50 times per second. Impressive migrants
despite their small size, some Ruby-throats may travel from Canada to Costa Rica.
I love to see these tiny, busy birds in my garden.