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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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