I find these little birds so amazing. Watching them flutter back and forth at the feeders is very entertaining.
There are many varieties. Here in Ohio we have three types. They are the Ruby Throat, Calliope, and Rufous. The ones that visit here are the Ruby Throat. The above photo is the female...
the one below a male.
I read that they actually use their tongue to lap up the nectar and not their beak.
Their natural predators are the bull frog, spider and praying mantis.
When preparing for migration activity increases. Much nourishment is needed for the long journey to Central America. In fact it is important to keep the feeders hanging for two weeks after spotting the last one. There may be those traveling from further north who may need to feed on their way south.
Isn't it fascinating to think these tiny little ones will fly so far for the summer. I am so glad they do.
Well it is time to go see a few more of their antics before climbing into bed.
Hope you have a wonderful evening.