Hummingbirds always seem to be in a frantic hurry, so when one stands still, it’s a quite an aberration. Luckily someone had a camera nearby to capture the beautiful image of a tiny, ruby-throated hummingbird relaxing for a moment on the feeder to truly enjoy a refreshing summer rain shower before flying away. This Ruby-throated...
It is not every day that you get the chance to see a hummingbird’s nest. And it is even less...
New U of T Scarborough research has found adult ruby-throated hummingbirds choose to pack on significant weight in the four days before their long migratory flights south for the winter.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird at a Eupatorium flower. Photo: Carmen Elia/Audubon photography Awards. What's one thing you can do to help birds and cut down on mowing, pruning fussy ornamentals and ripping out dead flowers before winter sets in? Add some native plants. Think about it. Show More Summary
It’s coming right for us! Ruby-throated Hummingbird photographed by Corey If you’ve ever watched hummingbirds zip through a garden or...
A student reports a dead body on the Aftermath Café patio near the windows. The victim is a Ruby-throated Hummingbird and the indirect cause of death is the potted, red geranium just inside the window. This brightly decorative plant was placed to enhance the atmosphere for students sipping lattes during much needed breaks between their studies. Show More Summary
Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird Tonight, I’m giving a talk about hummingbirds at the Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center. This is a full month before we can expect to see the first hummingbirds in our neck of the woods—they usually turn...Show More Summary
Spring is here, and so are hummingbirds. The map bellow, created by Lanny Chambers of St. Louis, Missouri, tracks the northward migration of the ruby-throated hummingbird, based on sightings by other bird lovers around the country. Chambers collects reports of first hummingbird sightings and marks them by hand on this map. He has made similar […]
Ruby-throated Hummingbird showing off her tongue. From the time I was a very little girl, I wondered about bird tongues. Well, actually, I wondered about all tongues. Dog tongues lolled out, dripping with saliva. Cat tongues were scratchy and much drier. Show More Summary
The ruby-throated hummingbird is the most common hummingbird found in North America. They are the only hummingbird that breeds in the eastern half of the continent, most of which is included in their breeding territory. During the winter they migrate to southern Mexico and Central America. Show More Summary
This hummingbird was spotted in California, a pretty long way from this bird’s typical territory.
Mid- to late-August is the peak migration period for Ruby-throated Hummingbirds passing through the upper Midwest, and sure enough, my hummingbird feeders have been hopping for the past couple of weeks. I got to spend August 16 in Henderson,...Show More Summary
The ruby-throated humming bird is the most widely distributed hummingbird in North America. It is also the only species of hummingbird that regularly breeds in the eastern half of the continent. The breeding range of the ruby-thoated...Show More Summary
Hummingbirds are incredible flyers, with the ruby-throated hummingbird beating its wings 80 times every second, an ability that inspired this blog’s name. These tiny birds can fly forwards, hover, and are the only known birds to fly backwards as well. Show More Summary
Ruby-throated Hummingbird By: Pat Coate The backyard feeder and garden has been quite busy over the last couple of weeks. This ruby-throated hummingbird was one of several that visited our bee balm and butterfly bush. This is the only species of hummingbird known to breed in the eastern United States. When a chickadee had the [...]
This Ruby-throated Hummingbird photographed at my feeder last September is probably a first-year male, based on his "five o'clock shadow." Every September, I get inundated with questions about when we should take down hummingbird feeders. Show More Summary
Hummingbird feeder on my deck I've seen hardly any hummingbirds this summer, until the last couple of weeks. Since then I've had regular visits by ruby-throated hummingbirds and black-chinned hummingbirds multiple times each day. Hummingbird migration is underway. Show More Summary
The ruby-throated hummingbird is the only species of humming bird that breeds in eastern North America. Their breeding range extends from the Atlantic coast out to the central portions of the continent and is the largest breeding range...Show More Summary
Last night on Twitter, someone sent me a link to Hummingbird.net announcing, “Hummingbirds are here!” And low and behold it looked like ruby-throated hummingbird migration was a month early. I don’t expect hummingbirds in Minnesota until the first week in May, MAYBE the last week in April. But then I remembered, I just recorded an [ Read More ]
The data seems mixed. Jim McCormac has a good rundown and some theories. a a