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I have one hummingbird feeder in the backyard. A male Ruby-throated Hummingbird has been almost the sole visitor for several weeks. When he appears, the female hummingbirds keep away. He makes sure of that, first looking right.

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

Then checking out the photographer.

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird checking out photographer.

Then looking left.

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

When feeding he flies up and down, constantly watching. I would think he could be wasting a lot of energy that way, but he doesn’t mind.

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

Last week I took the feeder apart for cleaning and refill. The male bird showed up as I was doing that, and promptly flew away, angry perhaps. He has not been back since.

Two female Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have now replaced the male. However, one of them will inevitably chase away the other when she sees her. She dives toward the intruder so quickly that I haven’t been able to take a picture of that yet.

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird landing.

The female bird is very dainty, almost like a fashion model.

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird: “Waiter, there is a fly in my nectar!”

In flight, she looks just as nice as the male, even without those rubies on her throat.

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

Update: one more photo of the bird which flew away too fast, leaving only a blurry image looking like a painting.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird flying up and away.