Several photos came in while I was away for a couple of weeks. Thank you!
For the moment, I’d like to share just this beautiful shot Karl Riggle in Ohio caught of a hovering female ruby-throated hummingbird:
No zoom lens was used in the making of this picture, Karl tells me. He was about 14 inches away and had to wait a few minutes for the hummer to go after the nectar.
It might be encouraging to some birders to know that there ARE hummingbirds out there. I still hear occasionally from folks who are flummoxed by the lack of hummingbirds in some usual places.
Catheryne in northern Virginia writes that she hasn’t seen a single hummer this summer, although she has the usual feeders out. A friend of hers in Kansas has had the same experience, Catheryne says.
I never see a lot of hummingbirds at the Lundy ranch in West Duluth, but I’ve had a couple of active females over the past couple of weeks. I don’t see both of them at once for long, because one always chases the other away.
Although nothing about this blog is comprehensive or scientific, I’d still be interested in more reports on hummingbirds or the lack of the same. Are you seeing more than usual this summer? Fewer? About the same?
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