This past summer, Bruce and I took great pleasure in watching what seemed like hundreds of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds visit the fifteen feeders on our country property. This post features many of the hummingbirds seen over the last few months. It is time to bid adieu to these feisty, diminutive birds who so skillfully perform breathtaking aerial displays. They will surely be missed.
I did not know hummingbirds were capable of opening their beaks so wide until I witnessed this male exhibit the behavior several times
My, what a long tongue this hummingbird has!
Ready for departure ~ Take note of the small red feathers developing on the neck (gorget) of this young dashing male
A little itchy ~ I marvel at the minuscule feet
A hummingbird wipes its long beak across the branch as if it is a violinist drawing the bow along violin strings
All fluffed up!
A little action at the feeder
While rehanging a feeder, I heard a chirping commotion behind my back ~ I turned around to find these two hummingbirds in a heated dispute
Using their beaks like swords ~ Dueling for ownership of the feeder
Pleasantly plump for the long migration south
Until next year ...