A ruby-throated hummingbird makes a discover

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.

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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