Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds migrating though Regina, SK

Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Copyright © Shelley Banks, all rights reserved.
Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird, in my Regina, SK, backyard.  © SB
We were lucky again this year to see a Ruby-throated Hummingbird in our Regina, SK, backyard — and yes, we did see one, but only one! (So far? Will more come? The feeders are ready...)

This year's Hummingbird was a mature male, with a red throat that looks dark brown here, because of the angle of the light. Had I caught him on my sensor facing towards the sun, it would have glistened like, well, some would say, a bright ruby.

He arrived in the garden in the early morning, fed from cosmos and petunia flowers for a while, and then veered off over the trees, not to be seen again.

Last year, we had our first Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, and all were juvenile males, with only faint streaking on their throats. I'd like to think that this week's bird was one of those hummingbirds, come back again to visit on its way south.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Copyright © Shelley Banks, all rights reserved.
Another view of the male Ruby-throated Hummingbird, showing his throat.
(Really! This was red in the sunlight!)
In my Regina, SK, backyard.  © SB

I just wish it would have stayed longer!

Ah well. Maybe next year. (And maybe more will show up this year, too...)

What is this? A male Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Colibri à gorge rubis
Location: Backyard, Regina, Saskatchewan
Photo date: Regina: August 13, 2016.

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