Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird enjoying a drink
Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird enjoying a drink. Photography by Bob Scott
Breath taking photo of male Ruby-throated Hummingbird caught in mid flight. Photography by Bob Scott

Did You Know?

Ruby-throated hummingbirds are among the smallest of North American hummingbirds, measuring only three to three and a half inches in length from beak to tail, with a wingspan of four to four and a half inches?

Soon, in September, these amazing creatures will begin their migration back south.

Although some hummingbirds fly over water, from Florida to the Yucatan peninsula, most migrate around the Gulf of Mexico, through Texas and northern Mexico to winter in Central America, some even as far as Panama.

Wishing our little friends safe travels and a safe return this coming May of 2021!

 
 

Rare photo of Juvenile hummingbird. Photography by Bob Scott

Photographer Bob Scott’s commentary on his photo of juvenile hummingbird: “Right place at the right time”…

We have a bunch of hummers that are very active these days, constantly chasing and annoying eachother – central to the feeder. Noticed one flight on the other side of the house as it approached a window and looked like it wanted to land on the drapes inside…no real impact, just persistence. I had a ladder up by that same window so the hummer settled on the top of that instead. Not a typical, manic flight for a hummer…more of a struggle.

I got closer and it appeared to be quite tired and very small (even by hummingbird standards) so I’m assuming it’s very young and just figuring things out. Grabbed the camera and a few frames. It hung around for another ten minutes or so then fluttered off.

I detect slight greenish hue behind the head so possibly an immature female…just a guess.  Note the rivet head on the ladder is 7/16″ diameter for scale.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
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