Late-summer is a fun time to watch hummingbirds. It is prime migration and my window-mounted hummingbird feeder has been quite popular. The birds are emptying it almost faster than I can keep it filled.
In fact, the hummingbirds are battling over the feeder. They have spent hours chittering at and chasing one another. They perch in the spruce trees to either side of the window almost like they are playing Red Rover or Kick the Can. When one bird approaches the feeder, another will try to chase it away. A third will try to sneak in for a drink, while a fourth dives in to take its place.
I spent a bit of time one evening patiently waiting by my window with my iPhone to get some up-close snapshots. It was a challenge, with all the chasing, for a bird to sit long enough for a photo. Of course, I loved every minute of it.
There was one juvenile male Ruby-throated Hummingbird that I was able to photograph (seen above). He is still growing into his adult plumage. He has some spots on his throat that will eventually turn into a beautiful red gorget. There is also a cute white dot in the middle of his green forehead.
I’m enjoying the hummingbird fun before they have all migrated south for the winter.
What’s happening at your feeders?