I haven’t been seeing male Ruby-throated Hummingbirds lately, and thought they had started their migration south, but this morning one came around.
Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird arriving at feeder
He looked resplendent with his red throat.
Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird at feeder. His throat is red!
His throat will be red or black depending on how the light falls on it.
Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird. The throat appears black here.
In any case, he may be a young male, born this year. As soon as I took the above shot, the guardian of the feeder, an older female, swooped down on him and sent him packing. Alas, it happened so fast, almost violently fast, that I could not capture it. She was like a bullet train aimed at him and he reeled back all the way into the magnolia tree and beyond.
Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Her throat is white.
The guardian: “Nobody but nobody can perch on this feeder without my permission!”