Monday, September 25, 2017

Ruby-throated Hummingbird


Happy Monday everyone!


I am sharing the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, these are various photos I took thru the summer. By now, some my hummers are on the way south for the winter. I wish them safe travels.  I may see a straggler come thru and I will leave my feeder up just in case.



The female has all white underparts and is emerald green above.  They can hover at the flowers due to their high wingbeat frequency.


The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is 2-3 inches long.


These hummingbirds have heart rates up to 1260 beats per minute and have been able to fly 20 hours non-stop.


You can see they have a forked tail below and have that long bill.



A shot of the male below, it is hard to get the ruby-throat looking colorful without having some sunlight shining on this pretty hummer. They are feisty birds, I have seen them chase away larger birds if they think they have to share their feeders.


I will look forward to next spring and to see these beauties in my yard.


I hope you enjoyed my hummingbird photos and post.
As always I thank you for stopping by and as always I appreciate your comments.

My list of memes for today, I hope to see you there. Thanks to both of the host below.


Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes


Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

80 comments:

Mildred said...

Good Morning, Eileen. Your hummingbird pics are spectacular. We have really enjoyed hummers at our Mexican petunias this year but I am not able to photograph them. Thanks for sharing your pics.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
These were one of the delights I enjoyed on my big trip over your way last year... and I too was surprised at how bossy they can be! Here's to a grand week... YAM xx

Cherish happy moments said...

So nice pictures -so very nice bird!

Sue (this n that) said...

Hello Eileen, it was so nice reading about these gorgeous birds... your photos are splendid too. I like that they can get feisty, small birds need that extra little bit of attitude to survive don't they! I'm amazed at that flight endurance of 20 hours - goodness me :D)
Have a really great week and I'll see you next time, cheerio xx

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Uma maravilha de fotografias.
Um abraço e boa semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros

✿ chica said...

Tão lindas as fotos boas para bem iniciar uma nova semana! bjs, tudo de bom,chica

David Gascoigne said...

Most have departed from around here, and the fact that the hurricanes. seem to be over, at least for now, gives them a good chance to make it safely to their wintering grounds. We will look forward to seeing them again next spring.

Seraphinas Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
marvelous photos of this wonderful bird. Amazing !
Best regards, Synnöve

Prunella Pepperpot said...

Such a stunning hummingbird Eileen and you have captured the most amazing images! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful day :)

Tom said...

...wonderful images.

Gayle said...

As they say, 'thanks, I needed that'. With all the normal attractions we had very few hummingbirds this year. Not sure why. Happy Day.

Carol Blackburn said...

Hi Eileen, your photos are exquisite. I just love these little ones but unfortunately only get one or two around my yard. I don't have luck with the feeders, they are always leading or get hornets around them. I've seen the hornets chase the hummers away. Tried everything to get rid of the hornets but wasn't successful. Need to try something new next year. I think more flowering plants is the way to go and skip the feeders all together. Have a great week.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

What marvelous creatures

Pietro Brosio said...

Fantastic hummingbird images.
Have a pleasant new week!

A Colorful World said...

Beautiful photos of them, Eileen! I still have my hummers, but they seem to be feeding more often, maybe getting ready to leave.

Lynne said...

Beautiful pictures Eileen . . .
What A Treat!

Debbie said...

they are the most fascinating and one of my favorites. i kept my feeders up also and saw one on saturday!!

lovely images eileen, most of mine are on the feeders and yours here look so much better!!!

Lois said...

Excellent photos! They are so pretty. My yard is crowded with them right now since I'm further south. Sometimes they stay here all winter.

Florence said...

I'm so glad you posted the hummingbird photos!! I live on the Texas Gulf Coast and the past weeks have been peak migration season. We have had more of these beautiful tiny jewels than ever before. My husband and I have two feeders up and some days they consumed 4 cups of sugar water a day. We also have many different flowering plants for them to feed on. The numbers are definitely down from last week but we will probably have stragglers for another couple of weeks. What a joy they are to watch! Have a wonderful week!!

Karen said...

Amazing creatures! These are wonderful photos! Have a great day today.

ellen b. said...

Such sweet hummers. You got some great shots, Eileen. Happy Monday to you!

Mary Hone said...

I Love seeing them when we go to Arizona for the winter. And every year I am amazed they can make such a long journey. From what I have heard, feeders along their route really help them to make the journey.

Sandra said...

they are so cute, just adorable. and I love to see how they hover.

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Lovely shots Eileen. My feeders are still up, but I haven't seen any action at them in days now. I sure do miss them and can hardly wait to see the first one back in the Spring.
Have a great week,
Andrea

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello,

Amazing photos, Eileen! Very beautiful hummingbirds. I wish they lived here too.

Happy Monday, and enjoy your new week ahead!

Cloudia said...

Wonderful captures!!!

Felicia said...

love seeing these little guys. Ours are all gone south now.

Karen S. said...

Good morning Eileen, what a wonderful post, they are just beautiful and your nature photos just jump right out and say touch me!

italiafinlandia said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely!
Hummingbirds are a true wonder.
Have a nice week ahead!

Linda said...

Absolutely stunning photos of these tiny and beautiful, delightful birds, Eileen! I hope you have a fantastic week ahead! :)

Nancy J said...

I saw a video of one in slow motion somewhere, and the number of times they flutter per minute was amazing. Beautiful birds and photos. Hope they all have a safe travel to warmer days.

magnoliasntea said...

I love the little ruby-throated hummingbirds. Your photos are really good.
Have a great week.

Janneke said...

What a wonderful pictures of this hummingbird and on some photos the bird looks so adorable. I think this is sthe fun of blogging you see worlds and birds you don't have in your own surroundings, I love it.

RedPat said...

I haven't seen any here for a couple of weeks! Great pics, Eileen!

Linda W. said...

Great pics of the hummers!

peppylady (Dora) said...

Our humingbirds are gone...Coffee is on

William Kendall said...

They certainly are pretty!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Such wonderful photos, Eileen! I especially love the one of the hummingbird sitting on the leaf. I did not see as many hummingbirds in my yard this year as I did last summer, but it may be due to the fact I could not find the same flowers that attracted them that summer in my local nursery. They are such interesting birds!

The Yum List said...

Ooh, you've changed your format. I like the new look.

Christine said...

Hello Eileen! I absolutely love your first photo of the female hummer!
They are very pretty birds! Great photos!
Have a wonderful week!

happyone said...

Your hummingbird pictures are outstanding. I especially like the first one, so clear and sharp.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

What extraordinary and wonderful captures! They are so fast, zooming in and out and I know it is hard to capture the moment ; amazing :)

Michelle said...

I am still feeding just a few of these sweet birds! They will soon be gone.

Andrea said...

Oh they also love lantana, just like the butterflies. Do they eat insects too? Unfortunately, we don't have hummingbird here, only hummingbird moth!

The Furry Gnome said...

Hey, your blog has a different look! Looks good.

Dee said...

It's always a treat to catch a sight of a little hummer. I've never seen one in Florida, but a friend in NC has them at her feeder all summer.

Lady Fi said...

Fabulous shots. And I like the new look of your blog.

Nancy Chan said...

They are so pretty! Its a joy to watch them going from plant to plant. Have a beautiful day!

orvokki said...

Lovely photos, indeed.
Happy Tuesday to tyou.

Wen Green said...

Stunning photos Eileen! I so wish we had hummingbirds here too but alas. Coming over from nature notes and wishing you a wonderful day!

Anu said...

Hello Eileen! Thank you for that post. I love hummingbirds! Great photos!

Missy George said...

I miss my Hummers...I didn't put the feeders out this year..They were never in a place easy for me to see them...I have seen them flitting by from time to time..Great pictures.

Maggee said...

How cute! You got some pretty great shots of 'your' Hummer! When we were out birding last Friday, someone said they saw one but it was gone by the time I got to that spot! Maybe we will see more... sometimes they stay year round. It could happen! Thanks for sharing! Hugs!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Amazing birds.. Nice series of shorts.. Cheers

Findlay Wilde said...

I would love to see hummingbirds one day. These are great pictures.

Debbie said...

what a great new look!!!

Sharon Wagner said...

It is always fun to catch them resting on a branch - and then actually capture them!

depraton said...

Oh I love this little birds, but sadly they don't live in Europe. Greetings from Slovenia, Nadja

Our photos said...

What a beautiful bird !

Wandering Wren said...

I find these Hummingbirds fascinating, I have never really come across them. so to think that you have them coming to your bird feeders as many of your readers do is amazing. Love your new blog look too!
Wren x

Denise inVA said...

Dear Eileen, your photos of the hummers are outstanding! Thank you and enjoy the rest of your week :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful portraits of these beauties Eileen.

Lea said...

Beautiful photos of the Hummingbirds!
I still see a few at my feeders, and like you, I will leave them up into October in case of stragglers coming by.
Hope you are having a great week!

Mia said...

Beautiful birds, Eileen! And so beautiful photos!

Handmade Jewelry Haven said...

I hope you can send some of these beautiful birds my way! Unfortunatly, even though I faithfully keep my feeder full of necter, we haven't seen a hummingbird in years :(

This is my first time visiting your blog and I hope to visit more often soon!

- Lisa

krishna said...

The humming birds are so gorgeous!!

Anu said...

Hello! I love hummingbirds. They are so beautiful. Thank you.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Wonderful captures, Eileen! They are such sweet little birds. Hope you are having a good first week of fall. xx K

Jeanie said...

Hummingbirds are so difficult to photograph, Eileen. Hats off to you.

And I adore your new fall blog look!

Angie said...

Eileen - these are all wonderful pictures. The ones I like best? Where the feathers seem to be puffed up - you can see the individual feathers, like many small scales. Simply amazing! If they could talk, I would love to know what they would say - many of your pictures have such charisma, I want to hear the bird commentary that goes with it!

Ida said...

How pretty. I've never been able to get a photo of a hummer. Yours are wonderful.

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

Incredible! I love the last one the best! Love the lavender tones against the Green.

September Violets said...

I like your new format for the blog Eileen!
You are so good at photographing these little guys. I wonder if the larger birds think the hummers are giant bugs with the sound of their wings. I know I sometimes have thought so!
Wendy

Lei Angeles said...

So Cute. I wish we have birds like that here in my country.

John's Island said...

Hello Eileen, What a wonderful post here on the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Excellent photos! Enjoyed each and every one … couldn’t pick a favorite because they are all so good. As you will know, I’ve been quiet in the blogosphere for a while. I have been traveling and have not had much time for blogging. I am just getting back to looking at the blogs I follow and, wow, Viewing Nature with Eileen just looks great! I love the way you have organized things and the new look … it is just great! You have many posts that I need to go and take a look at. Want to start with the one on the Rain Forest out here and your May trip. Thank you for keeping an eye on my blog and for your kind comments. I am looking forward to linking up with Saturday Critters one of these weekends real soon. In the meantime, take good care. By the way, I did think about you during that whole Irma storm … I did not think you would be in Florida yet, but I was concerned about your winter place. I hope you did not have damage there. Best regards to you from Seattle! John

Hootin' ♥ Anni said...

Darling!!

Rambling Woods said...

I am hoping for good weather and food sources for these little birds and all the migrants including the monarchs...Great photos Eileen...Michelle

Pam Jackson said...

I love HUMMERS. I generally don't have a ruby throat at my house but my brother does and they are so beautiful. Turning off cooler here in TN so I figure the hummers will start their move south before long. Great pics.

Pat Tillett said...

Beautiful photos Eileen! I love watching them flit about, and compete for flowers. Great post...

Klara S said...

Wonderful! The first one is my favourite.

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