Connecting you with nature
In just a few short weeks most hummingbirds will have made the long flight south for the winter. We still have a few, like this juvenile male ruby-throated hummingbird, stopping by for a good meal at the feeder or the flowers in our yard.
Ruby Throated Hummingbird, female or juvenileWashington, DC “Operation Ruby Throat, The Hummingbird Project”, (http://www.rubythroat.org/rthuexternalmain.html) is the best internet resource I’ve reviewed for detailing the ways to distinguish male and female and juvenile hummingbirds. Distinguishing females from males is not difficult when they’re adults but it’s difficult with juvenile males who look very similar to adult females. “Operation Ruby Throat” provides good information and photos on how to distinguish. Did you know that all hummingbirds are fully grown and capable of flight when they leave the nest; there are no "baby hummingbirds" at feeders.
For centuries, our ancestors looked to nature to bring them important information on their health, love, prosperity, and more. Many civilizations relied heavily on the messages that birds brought to them, including Native Americans, the Celts, and other cultures. Just like other birds, hummingbirds were thought to be messengers between humans and God. Take nature's messages to heart in whatever way they come to you.
Juvenile male ruby-throated hummingbird in the rain.