Tag Archives: Ruby-throated Hummingbird

The chase is on!

We’re still in the grips of winter with far below average temperatures. While the February average is in the high 30’s here in Chicagoland, we’re still experiencing bone-chilling minus-zero air temperatures with wind chills in the -20’s. Snow mountains from the blizzard … Continue reading

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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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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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