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Hummingbirds Everywhere!

May 13th, 2007

The hummingbirds are buzzing all around these days.  We keep two feeders, one on each side of the house.  It’s amazing how fast the little hummingbirds can drink the sugary liquid in the feeders.  They can be quite aggressive with each other, but in general there are many different hummingbirds that come to the feeders.  Last week I mixed one feeder with too little of the powder mix, and they didn’t like it at all… they left it alone all week until I changed it.  We only see the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds here, at least so far.  But they are neat little birds, and important for their role in flower pollination.  I was working among the trees yesterday and watched a male hummingbird dive back and forth in a U-shaped pattern, buzzing very fast above a female sitting on a branch.  Later I was able to take these pictures of a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird sitting on a garden stake…

The first photo shows a side profile, and then when he turns to face me you can see the bright red throat feathers show their color.  The feathers shimmer and change depending upon which way they face the light.

Male Ruby Throated Hummingbird viewed from the sideMale Ruby Throated Hummingbird shows the red throat feathers as it looks toward the camera.

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