Now that you are looking outside my window, see on the left side of near the deck there’s a nectar feeding bottle and… Hey! I can see a Ruby-throated Hummingbird drinking nectar… it’s a female. Notice the white throat with absence of red feathers, also note the length of the tail feathers, these are indications of being a female. If you’d have the opportunity to see a female next to a male you would clearly see that the female is larger than the male. Aren’t they lovely birds?
My little friends of the gray suit aka Carolina Chickadee are always there to cheer me up. Even the gloomiest day they act in a cheerfully energetic way which is good to make you feel in good spirits! I’m always pleased by their being so cool, under any circumstances. They are some of the local species that nest and roost in my backyard.
My backyard is going through a proliferation of Brown-headed Cowbirds and Mourning Doves lately, I theorize those birds have an advantage over other species since I observed they can tolerate high weather temperatures and stay out in the open air for longer periods of time, while other birds are limited to a few minutes at a time. Cowbirds and Doves whether male or female are voracious eaters as well as easy to get into fights with their own companions for rights to “own the feeder for themselves”…You get the picture!
Text and photographs © HJ Ruiz – Avian101