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I walked along the street a few days ago, and a slight movement caught my eye.  Having my camera with me on my walks is helpful because I never know when I  will spot an interesting bird or animal.  I saw a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird perched on a tree branch back-lit by the sun beginning to set in the West.  I think it is a nice scene.   We mostly have the Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds here in our local area.  Occasionally a migrating bird of another Hummingbird sub-species will be around but that is very unusual.  Both my neighbor across the street and myself have front yard Hummingbird nectar feeders.  I think other neighbors also have feeders in their yards.  The little Hummingbirds have a passion for the sugar water nectar.  I am committed to keeping the nectar fresh in order to have the healthy birds (old nectar in feeders ferments and causes, well, drunk birds and possibly worse).  Pretty soon, before fall ends, even many of our resident Hummingbirds will be flying South to warmer places and we will have to wait until spring to see our little friends again.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Perched on a Branch" (5)

  1. What lovely pictures! I’ve only seen the ruby throated and not any other kind. Drunk hummers? Oh, I wonder how long you can safely leave it out before changing it? I’ve never heard that.

    • Hi Ginny, I have been told that if sugar water nectar sits on warm days for too many days, it ferments into alcohol. That same nectar also can get molds and bacteria so the birds can get sick I only use nectar for 3-4 days before I clean the bottle. I only fill the bottle 1/2 full. I make my own nectar at 1 cup white sugar to 4 cups of plain water and boil then cool. Put left over nectar into the refrigerator. I only use cool nectar not cold so I let it sit or put it into the microwave about 15 seconds. Have a wonderful day!

  2. Those are very pretty birds! I wish they were in this area, but they aren’t. Good advice on the nectar!

  3. Great pictures of the hummers… We have 2 that will chase each other —and if I’m sitting nearby, they will buzz right over my head.. We have LOTS of hummingbirds at our feeders now… I love watching them.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

    • Hi Betsy, We certainly are having a lot of birds come here to the yards in the past couple of days. Tomorrow’s post will be more Hummingbird pictures. I also saw 2 deer tonight on the other side of our community. Lots of wildlife out and about as the weather has cooled a little and we got a bit of rain.

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