Ruby-throated Hummingbird Arrived Here Last Week

By | April 21, 2017

A Ruby-throated Hummingbird arrived here at my place near the Ouachita National Forest last week. I was able to photograph the Hummingbird on a limb near my feeder. My place is deep in the woods so I don’t get good sunlight most of the time to photograph these birds. I try to photograph them in flight, but I can’t get a high enough shutter speed most of the time.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird On A Limb

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Arkansas) – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 Lens | @400mm | 1/1000 | f/7.1 | ISO 1000

Here are a few I photographed last year:

2016 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird (2016)
My Ruby-throated Hummingbird Numbers Are Increasing

Ruby-throated Hummingbird Facts

The Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) is a species of hummingbird that generally spends the Winter in Central America and migrates to Eastern North America for the Summer to breed. It is by far the most common hummingbird seen east of the Mississippi River in North America.

The adult male has a gorget (throat patch) of iridescent ruby-red bordered narrowly with velvety black on the upper margin and a forked black tail with a faint violet sheen. The red iridescence is highly directional and appears dull black from many angles.

Males are smaller than females and have slightly shorter bills. Juvenile males resemble adult females, though usually with heavier throat markings. These Hummingbirds molt once a year, beginning in late summer.

During migration, some birds embark on a nonstop 900 mile journey across the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean from Panama to Gulf Coast. The bird breeds throughout the eastern United States, east of the 100th meridian, and in southern Canada, particularly Ontario, in eastern and mixed deciduous and broad-leaved forest. In winter, it is seen mostly in Mexico and southern Florida. (Wikipedia)

2 thoughts on “Ruby-throated Hummingbird Arrived Here Last Week

  1. Rita Roberts

    He is a pretty bird,but hasn’t he got a long beak. You certainly have some beautiful wild life where you are Steve.

    1. Steve Creek

      We do Rita! They need those long beaks to get down in flowers for the nectar.

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