August Hummers

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Like most birders around the world, I’m fascinated by hummingbirds and love watching them. Early August – about a month before their southern migration – is my favorite time to observe and photograph: populations have peaked, natural food sources like Touch-me-not, Bee Balm and Cardinal Flower are blooming, and, last but certainly not least, I have an opportunity to visit a friend who attracts huge numbers of hummingbirds. It’s not unusual to see 20 or 30 birds at his two feeders at one time, an incredible scene that is not unlike a swarm of giant bees (see my post from 2013 for details and photos: http://nicksnaturepics.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/hummers-a-summer-favorite/ ).

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, females and juveniles, visiting a sugar-water feeder:

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Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, females and juveniles, visiting a native wildflower (Cardinal Flower).

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Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.