Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ruby Throated Hummingbird At My Feeder

I finally put up my hummingbird feeder after several years of letting it sit. The Hummers found it immediately and one particular female has found a prominent perch in an Oak tree right outside my dining room window. It is very easy to put the scope on and I look at it every day. What I really wanted to talk about was the Hummingbird's migration. The Hummers have to fatten up before their very long a perilous journey to the South. I have watched as this Hummer gets bigger every day. I think she might leave sometime soon. If a Hummer stops just once during their migration they might die. They have to keep moving. Hummingbirds are one of the coolest birds in creation. I mean, 80 beats a second?? Yeah, thats a lot. I tried to put up a video of the Hummer that I phone scoped. It turned out great except that I can't upload it. I'll try to figure out what the problem is.
Photos by John Mark Simmons
Posted by John Mark Simmons

Her favorite perch in the Oak tree! Twelve feet from the window.


  1. Nice Pictures! Do you get any other hummers, especially in the winter? I think that rufous may go to GA during that season.

  2. We have had two Rufouses reported in GA this year. But none at my feeder yet. I mean I just put it up last tuesday. Rufous would be a lifer!

    John Mark Simmons for TB