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H is for Hummingbirds
|Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, September 13, 2011|
Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds, Archilochus colubris, are the most commonly seen Hummingbirds in the eastern half of the United States. These tiny birds (3 1/2 inches or 9cm) can fly backward as well as forward and average 50 wing beats per second. They catch tiny insects and sip nectar from flowers. Many people hang feeders filled with sugar water to attract them. (Unfortunately, sugar water also attracts wasps and ants).
|Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, September 6, 2015|
The males have red feathers on their throats, and are very aggressive in chasing other males away from the feeders.
|Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, June 28, 2015|
The females and juvenile males have white throats. It is not necessary for feeders to have perches as they can drink from the feeders while hovering.
|A Christmas gift from a friend|
They arrive at our house in April and stay through September. While they are away at their Winter homes in Mexico, I must be content with admiring them in works of art.
Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
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