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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’. Most of these little birds are pretty sleek, even at this time of … 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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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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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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