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I had been looking out for our migrant hummingbirds to return.  Yes, earlier we did have one or two here but now I am finally beginning to see regulars.  I took these three pictures of a slightly confused young Ruby-throated Hummingbird who just did not have the hang of how to feed at the nectar feeder that I have hanging.  This newer feeder had been a free gift thrown in with the cost of the bottle of pre-mixed nectar.  I got the deal inexpensively and thought I would give it a try.  So, now I know that yes, the hummingbirds can and will use the feeder.  The pre-made nectar does have red food coloring put into it, but I guess that is just the luck of the low-cost deal.  When it runs out, I will start making my own (probably next Summer).

The little hummingbird also is attracted to bright flowers, and prefers colors in the red-hued family.  Hummingbirds eat nectar and tiny seeds and on occasion, tiny insects.  The hummingbirds are just fascinating to watch.  The little birds are and emerald-green with a white and magenta pink or light red band around the collar area.  The hummingbirds have a long thin bill with which they use to suck up and eat nectar from blossoms or from specially designed hummingbird  feeders.  They are constantly on the move and only will perch for a short time before taking wing once again.  I was glad to have taken these pictures from my front window on July 17, 2011.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "Hooray! The Ruby Throated Hummingbirds are Here!" (7)

  1. poor little one just can’t see the ‘flower’ center. 🙂

  2. Great pictures, Linda. I have such a hard time getting their picture… I finally put up my two hummingbird feeders back up (after our trip)—and have had several visitors this week… Love those little guys!!!

    • Hi Betsy, How wonderful! Glad to hear that your precious little birds have returned. Have an outstanding evening. We may just get a drop or two tonight, who knows?

  3. Great captures of the hummers. They are such sweet birds to watch.

  4. Sure nice to have them around, isn’t it! We have some in residence, the Calypsos, not the Ruby-throated, but not as many as in past years. Tomorrow we’ll change the food in the feeders and see if that helps.

  5. Yay–you got some great photos of these little flying jewels. They have been here for a couple of months now. Interesting yours just came back…

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