Tag Archives: Hummingbird

A Happy and Prosperous New (Birding) Year!

Only a few more months and these little flying jewels will be visiting my garden again! The January-February 2015 issue of Bird Watcher’s Digest features an article written about an educator, friend, scientist, and birding mentor, Dr. Bill Hilton, Jr. I had the … Continue reading

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I’ve been spying on young males. But they’re leaving me.

Female hummingbirds outnumber male hummingbirds in nature. Young Ruby-throated hummingbird males look like females during their first summer.  They don’t have ruby-red throats and they have white markings on the tips of their tails like the females. Some of these … Continue reading

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Logistics

She arrived today.  On time.  On time being the 3rd weekend of May … more or less.  A bit less this year.  A few days before the 3rd weekend in May.  You can set your watch by her arrival, they … Continue reading

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Thank goodness they’re late!

You know the feeling.  You’re expecting company and you’re not quite ready.  A few last-minute details remain.  You think the doorbell will ring momentarily.  You panic. The phone rings.  “Hi, we’re running a bit late.  We’ll be there within a half-hour.” … Continue reading

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Suddenly Gone

This year it’s the same only different. This year my first Ruby-throated hummingbird arrived fairly much on schedule on May 17th.  I didn’t see another until June 25th.  Thereafter, I had at least one sighting every day.  In previous years I didn’t see … Continue reading

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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-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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Splish Splash, I was takin’ a bath …

The earth is parched with our drought and high temperatures.  I’ve taken to regularly watering the lawns and trees.  My poor trees.  The garden flowers are being well taken care of.  The dryness has not stopped the Japanese Beetles from … Continue reading

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Hot Town, Summer in the City and along the bluebird trail

It’s been hot and steamy.  Typical summer days and nights in America’s Heartland.  It reached 100°F during the past week.  Afternoon and evening storms roll in with Thor (the Old Norse god of thunder and lightning – not the guy in … Continue reading

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