Where have all the hummers gone?

It seems that for a while in the heat of the summer season you don’t see many Hummingbirds coming in to the sugar feeders. I think that for a few weeks in July while the Hummers are sitting on eggs and then raising young, they eat a diet of mostly insects. Bugs provide the kind of high protein diet that help the newly hatched chicks grow fast.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Now in August they’re back with a vengeance!

Juvenile Ruby-throated Hummingbird

This must have been a young Hummer not too far removed from the nest. It wasn’t used to the feeder technique yet. This photo shows how fast the wings and tail move when the bird is flying. This young bird was hovering back and forth and would only perch on the feeder for a split second.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

The male Hummer is very territorial. He’ll chase away any other Hummer that tries to come in for a drink. He will usually find a perch close to the feeder and wait for any strays to come along – chase them off and then return to the same perch to keep watch. Notice that the¬†throat is black when the bird is not flaring his gorget.

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