Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2009

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, NC

Just as meeting the Red-headed Woodpecker was so significant, my first acquaintance with the Ruby-throated Hummingbird was momentous, if not more. As I had been living in Seattle for two and a half years, I had seen the Anna's hummingbird once or twice there. However, I never got interested in these brilliant small creatures, which seems regrettable now. For those not keenly aware of hummingbirds in flight, these diminutive, winged wonders are almost invisible. In fact, I did not notice any of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds flying around when I first moved here in 2008.
But one day, April 15th as I fondly recall, a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird buzzed into our backyard. Vaguely aware of his presence at first, I gradually grew mesmerized by his lightning flight and effulgent green feathers, a bright gem propelled by tireless wings. It was much, much smaller than I expected. I had a hard time photographing our backyard visitors for several months. By the time my eyes, along with my lens, adjusted to their sudden and often unpredictable movements, the whole of them disappeared as quickly as they had seemed to come, visiting their southern homes till next spring.
Now our second spring here is coming soon. This year, I am going to put flowers that they like after the last frost. I feel confident that many of the same migrants will visit my flowers and feeder, and I know I'm ready to catch them in the camera's finder even better than last year.


female Ruby-throated Hummingbird

My first Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Hummy

female in hovering

smiley Hummy


  1. 女の子、アルビノみたいに真っ白で可愛いわー♪♪(萌)

  2. luluさん、こんばんは♪
    西のハチドリを見ていると、ノドアカのメスってとってもシンプルな感じですよね^^ Hummyくん、来てくれると信じつつ、今日は帰りがけにいい枝を見つけたので早速拾ってきましたよ~^^もう1ヶ月寝るとHummyスマイルをお届けできますので、ぜひお楽しみに♪ ところで、ノンストップの件ですが・・・私が間違えてお伝えしたような気がするのですが、ノンストップなのはユカタン半島からフロリダの南端です。北アメリカ東半分に広く生息するノドアカハチドリ、さすがにコスタリカからカナダ南端までノンストップだったら、えらいことになりますよね^^; ともかく、ユカタン半島を日暮れとともに発って夜明け前にフロリダ南端に着くそうですよ。フロリダ南端からNCに上がってくるまでにはそれほど時間がかかっていないように思われます。だいたい2-3日のうちにNCまで北上してくるようです。こまめに渡りのマップをチェックするようにしますね^^