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The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are nesting. They don’t spend much time at the feeder during the day. They arrive, get a good drink of nectar an take off. Toward evening I’ve been finding them hanging around the bushes close to the house.

This fellow had a bad itch. It spent quite some time scratching on both sides.

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These Ruby-throated Hummingbirds were perched near my feeders making sure no one else could get to the feeder.

 

 

As the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds were leaving for the south the bird that was guarding my Red Prince Weigela Flowers remained to the bitter end. After I watched him for a while he decided to watch me and flew right in front of the camera for some photos.

Just before the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds leave for the summer they love to feed on my Red Prince Weigela flowers. This year it has been a problem photographing them because one hummingbird has appointed herself to guard the flowers. It is only when the guard is off chasing someone that I can capture another bird feeding.

For some unknown reason I wait until just before the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds leave for the summer before I take a few photos of them. On this particular day I watched them approach one of my feeders.

Just as we were about to leave on vacation the orioles and hummingbirds returned for the summer. We only saw a couple of them but knew more would be following. We put out a couple of large containers of grape jelly for the orioles and all of my feeders for the humming birds. When we returned the orioles had eaten all of the grape jelly and the humming birds had just about emptied their feeders. I put out some grape jelly and filled the humming bird feeders but there have only been a few around. Typically they come and eat for a week or two then go off to raise their young. I would expect to see them back in large numbers as summer begins.

Orchard Oriole

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

While photographing hummingbirds feeding I noticed that this fellow had landed and was flopping around on a plant leaf. At first I thought something was wrong with it but as I watched it I concluded it was taking a bath on the moisture on the leaf.

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Just before most the hummingbirds left for the summer I had a chance to photograph them feeding on my Red Prince Weigela flowers with a background of sunflowers.

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Around Labor day most of the humming birds started to leave. Just before they left my Red Prince Weigela shrub started to bloom on the upper branches. It had been blooming in the lower branches but I hadn’t noticed that the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds were feeding on the flowers. Once the upper branches started blooming the hummingbirds were frequent visitors. In addition to the Weigela flowers they also like catnip. I hope catnip doesn’t have the same impact on hummingbirds as it does on cats.

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The last of the spring birds have returned to the farm.

Two weeks ago a Rose-breasted Grosbeak turned up at the farm.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak male

Rose-breasted Grosbeak male

This past week my wife saw a Ruby-throated Hummingbird and a Baltimore Oriole. So far there appear to be only a couple of birds.

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird male

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Tree Swallows have also returned are are checking out the housing situation. This year I added more bird houses so I hope there will not be fights between the Bluebirds and the swallows.

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow