Late summer through early fall is that time when ruby-throated hummingbirds come through central Pennsylvania in large numbers. Among those who stop in my backyard at Cooper’s Pond there is always at least one individual.
I typically see a hummingbird visitor around the rose of Sharon, hyssop, or butterfly bush blossoms.
And he decided it was time for a rest.
As he perched, an idea came to mind: “Blossoms are next to the trellis. I can walk over.”
That has to be easier than flying/hovering while feeding.
Overexcitement is another factor. He nearly fell over while reaching upward.
A few wing beats put that to rights.
And then he settled back into feeding while perching.
I call that a very successful ruby-throated hummingbird.