A ruby-throated hummingbird

In addition to this being a good year for hummingbird moths, hummingbirds have also been frequent visitors. From about the last half of August to the first nine days of September, whenever I looked outside, I saw a ruby-throated hummingbird feeding, either at hyssop, butterfly bush, or the rose of Sharon blossoms.

My rose of Sharon stands about 8 or 9 feet tall and is a beacon for incoming hummingbirds.

“My, what a large flower.”

Most of the hummingbirds stopping here do not have a ruby-colored throat, because they are either a female or an immature.

The black dots on the throat probably indicate an immature male.

Yes, hummingbirds don’t always hover. They can perch on anything they choose.

Hummingbird contemplating blossom.

Of course, it is completely natural for a ruby-throated hummingbird to hover. (Hummingbirds don’t need much rest.)

Chet Gottfried

About Chet Gottfried

I live with my wife Sue in Cooper's Pond, State College, Pennsylvania, and next to a game land, which is convenient for walking, photography, and thinking of new stories.
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