Weather Report: While July was warm and very dry, we’re now moving into a cool, wet period. Rain every night and into the next morning; stopping by noon and early evening, then starting over. Mildew and slugs are popping up everywhere.
After trying all summer, I finally captured some shots of the elusive hummingbirds at the feeder. In fact, they were feeling pretty feisty.
I was just topping off the tube bird feeder with some sunflower seeds when I heard a bird’s fluttering wings. I turned, thinking it was one of the fearless chickadees, impatient for their food, but saw instead a hummingbird just a few feet away at the feeder, pretty much ignoring me. I ran for my camera and was able to get a few pictures.
I was close enough to hear the soft peeping that they make. I had no idea that hummingbirds made any kind of sound at all.
The only mid-flight photo that came out at all. Those birds are quick!
This is a female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird. Only the males have a red throat. Why is it in bird-land the males have the bright plumage while the females are the plain-janes?
This little lady kept leaving the feeder to chase off another hummer. They are very territorial. Luckily, the neighbors also have a feeder so everyone stays happy…and fed.
I’m still trying to capture a mid-flight photo, but will they let me get that close again?