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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

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird arriving at feeder

He looked resplendent with his red throat.

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbrid at feeder

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 Hummingbrid

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.

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Her throat is white.

The guardian

The guardian: “Nobody but nobody can perch on this feeder without my permission!”

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