Hummingbirds; pictures and info
In these first weeks of August we have had many hummingbirds visiting our feeders. We had seen several hummingbirds in May, but they were absent in June and July. Apparently this pattern is common, many hummingbirds hang around feeders in May, but by June the females are busy nesting and the males wander off elsewhere. In late summer they are back at the feeders, fueling up for their upcoming migration south.
There are several species of hummingbirds in the western US, but in Minnesota and to the east only the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) is common. The colorful and feisty males are the hummingbirds most often seen at feeders.
Updated to include the pictures above, that show a female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird visiting our garden today.
Hummingbird in New Mexico
Last week on a road trip from Houston to Salt Lake City, we were lucky to see some hummingbirds feeding on yucca flowers near Santa Fe, New Mexico. There are many species of hummingbird in this area; the one in the picture above looks like a Black-Chinned Hummingbird (?).