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!