One of my female Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds guarding her nectar source, waiting for another hummer to fly in so she can ambush them!
Here in the Northeast, the beginning of May marks the return of my amazing hummingbirds from their South American winter homes. They fly incredible non-stop distances to reach North America in time for their breeding season.
I make sure my nectar feeders are in the same place they were last year, because hummingbirds remember their food sources.
Attracting hummers that may be passing by is easy if you remember to add red signposts for them to spot, like this easy grapevine nectar feeder wreath.
Male Ruby-Throated Hummingbird enjoying the white double blossoms of my Rose of Sharon bush. Lots of hummers visit all day long when it is in bloom in August.
Just goes to show that as long as there is some red in your yard, hummingbirds will explore all the nectar sources, no matter what color the flowers are!
This picture of a female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird dispels the myth that hummingbirds never land, perch or rest. They often sit on a small branch and watch for predators as well as other hummingbirds. Being very protective of their nectar sources, hummers are feisty and can be very combative!
They also love to land on my clothesline during a mid-summer shower, fluffing their feathers and looking skyward.
Hummingbird in silhouette against a clear blue summer sky.