Meet Fluffy

Fluffy is a name you give a little white kitten or, in my case, a Ruby-throat Hummingbird whose feathers are visibly more “fluffed up” than its counterparts’.

Fluffy - Portrait of a Ruby-throat Hummingbird

Fluffy – Portrait of a Ruby-throat Hummingbird

Most of these little birds are pretty sleek, even at this time of year when they are packing on extra grams of fat to sustain them through their long migratory flights.  But Fluffy is noticeably more, well, fluffy.

Ruby-throat hummingbird silhouetted against a cloudy sky

Ruby-throat hummingbird silhouetted against a cloudy sky

So, this little one I named “Fluffy” has been hanging around for several days loving the new feeder I bought this season.  Fluff guards it by sitting atop the staff and driving off most intruders — occasionally having a change of heart to allow another to share the feeder for a while.

One hummer guards while the other hummingbird sips nectar.

One hummer guards while the other hummingbird sips nectar.


Fluffy has been seen sitting on the perch for lengths of time just enjoying the late summer sun.

Ruby-throat hummingbird sunning on the raised perch of this feeder.

Ruby-throat hummingbird sunning on the raised perch of this feeder.

My new feeder features a perch ring slightly higher than the feeding ports and the hummers have really taken to it.  It’s obvious they enjoy the easier reach and they almost always perch while feeding.  They rarely hover over the ports to sip.  A hummer will often just rest on the perch … at least for a while until another territorial hummingbird comes along to knock it off and then they both zip away playing “war”.

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17 Responses to Meet Fluffy

  1. I see this is your most recent post. Hope all is well with you and yours.

  2. Hilda M. Braun says:

    Where can I purchse the hummingbird feeder that you have featured here?

  3. Chris patterson says:

    Fabulous photos of Fluffy– and great idea to design a hummingbird feeder with a perch ring! Thanks for sharing with all of us!

  4. Wonderful metallic colouring! Lucky Fluffy! We have these as rare vagrants on Abaco, presumably visiting from Florida, to add to the endemic Bahama Woodstars and the Cuban Emeralds. Always a delight to see. Glad to see a ‘Bird Spy’ post – they are quite rare too these days! RH

    • American Neo-tropics have such rich bird populations. And our native hummingbirds are the best of them all. I’ve enjoyed hummingbirds in Jamaica, Costa Rica and Panama. Don’t recall seeing any on Eleuthera or in the Dominican Republic.

  5. I do miss hummingbirds over here in the UK. Love the pictures!

  6. Sid Dunnebacke says:

    What gorgeous pictures! I recall a few years back, sitting on the hardwood floor under a window that looked out on a hummingbird feeder. Sitting for an hour, trying to get just the right shot of such a bird. My bum really ached, but it was worth it just to watch the birds.

  7. Jim in IA says:

    What a beautiful picture.

    We’ve been enjoying the show by our hummingbirds, too. Their behavior is similar to your bird’s. The warm sun is very attractive.

    My brother in law in Peoria commented that the resident adults have left for the south trip. The juveniles are the ones remaining. I don’t know if that is true.

    My calendar shows the 27th and the 29th as the last sightings of hummingbirds here in 2012 and 2013. I won’t be home on those dates this year and may miss the last opportunity.

  8. We have a duck named Fluffy, a white Pekin. 🙂 We’re seeing hummingbirds after their absence this summer and yes, they do like perches. It is easier to photograph them this way.

    • In my youth, my cousin had a duck named Daffy. Once it got too big to keep (it may not even have been legal to raise poultry it in the back yard in Chicago), dad butchered it and grandmother made Polish duck soup — czarnina –. yummy. 😉

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