It’s time for hummingbirds

Autumn migration is underway for hummingbirds, and for Pennsylvania that means the ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris). Consequently, I have many and excellent opportunities to photograph them. Of course it helps to have a pollinator garden and/or a hummingbird feeder. I have both.

In terms of pollinator plants, I find that bee balm flowers are tops on the list in terms of hummingbird preference. Note: Thus far I have seen/photographed females and immatures, which means no ruby throat. Even so, any hummingbird is beautiful.

Ruby-throated hummingbird.

The next photo is only a partial of a hummingbird, but I like the reaction to the silver-spotted skipper.

Ruby-throated hummingbird and silver-spotted skipper.

Butterfly bush flowers are also a favorite.

Once the bee balm flowers have faded, a feeder becomes the next favorite choice.

The hummingbird feeder appeared small to me when I first put it out; however, once a hummingbird is sitting on a perch, the feeder appears tremendous.

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