Monthly Archives: August 2012

How to Sex a Ruby-throat Hummingbird – Lesson 5 and The End

So, what have we observed about our little RTHU? White tips on the tail feathers – female or immature male Absence of the characteristic red throat feathers – female or immature male White throat with well-defined dark streaking – almost … Continue reading

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How to Sex a Ruby-throat Hummingbird – Lesson 4

Our fourth lesson is about RTHU wings.  Now we’re going to get a bit more technical and split hairs, or more precisely, split feathers.  Having been lucky enough to spend nine days as a “citizen scientist” trapping, studying and releasing … Continue reading

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How to Sex a Ruby-throat Hummingbird – Lesson 3

Our third lesson continues observation of the RTHU throat.  I have an advantage in that I got a very good look at this RTHU as it hovered mere inches in front of my face staring at me.  It may have … Continue reading

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How to Sex a Ruby-throat Hummingbird – Lesson 2

Our second lesson is about the red throat that gives the RTHU its name. Female RTHUs have white throats.  Male RTHUs have red gorget feathers. So then this is a photo of a female RTHU, correct? Not so fast ….

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How to Sex a Ruby-throated Hummingbird – Lesson 1

Yes, you read correctly.  That’s the terminology.  In my last post I posed a question whether the bird pictured (photo repeated here) was a male or female Ruby-throated Hummingbird.  So, my junior hummingbird spies, get ready for some lessons on … Continue reading

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Here’s lookin’ at you, Kid!

It’s that time of year.  Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are beginning their migration south to the neotropics.  They need to fatten up for the long flight.  There are more of them at the feeders and they are very bold little birds. This … Continue reading

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Q. When is a bird not a bird?

A.  When it’s a pollinator.   Q.  What’s a pollinator? A.  You know.  Like, Bees.  They lift pollen from one flower and put it down on another so plants can get what they need to produce fruits and seeds.  Bees are … Continue reading

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