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This little male Ruby Throat Hummingbird, awakened to low temperatures of 56F and the temperature dropped to 56F by noon today, they will find temperatures as low as 44F tomorrow morning. They came late to the feeders this morning; say about 11 AM. In addition to using feeders, the birds glean dormant insects from leaves and bark, he says. “When temperatures rise, they hawk tiny insects out of the air. They also feed at sapsucker wells,” eating both the sap and trapped insects. To conserve energy, hummingbirds often go into torpor at night, and on colder days before migration to the Yucatan, Mexico ,slowing down their heart and lungs to a fraction of daytime rates. I could walk right up and touch him.  “These birds are very cold hardy” !!

 

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Just after the rain shower this morning:

 

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About a month old now, and their tail almost fully grown, these baby ruby throats are now feeding at flowers; honey-suckle, and Butterfly bushes, Petunias, and very soon Lobelia. They spent much of their feeding time at the feeders — until this week. The feeders are full and still have 20-30 hummingbirds at any time, mostly adults, but I have noticed a change in the juveniles, honing their nectar feeding skills at succulent flowers. They will be leaving in less than a month and I believe this will be a necessary skill for their long migrations. This bird is a juvenile Male and has (not viewable in photo) 2-3 red spots on the left side of his throat. He has also chased adult males away from the bush on may occasions; establishing dominance. I took these with the Giant Swallowtail photos I took yesterday.  Sorry, I did not have great light in this photo as it was taken a 1/2500th of a second, with a Canon 70D and a Canon EF300L f 2.8 IS lens:

 

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A Ruby Throat Hummingbird on Lobelia (cardinal flower) along the Little Buffalo River; they make a beaiutiful subject; and so typical of September. This bird is a juvenile.

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Its’ 6 PM and finally started to rain. I put out the first feeder yesterday; got one Rudy Throat Hummingbird male in 10 minutes; today I have about 5-10. They are too busy to count !! They are sitting on a young Red Bud tree in the yard:

 

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