Hummingbirds & Apple Blossoms

Hummingbirds & Apple Blossoms

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds & Apple Blossoms

I’m working on an entry about covering the high tunnel. Yes! It’s covered! The photos have been taken and resized. I’ve even uploaded them. Until that’s ready, enjoy a couple of ruby-throated hummingbirds (Archilochus colubrisat) apple blossoms. These little tornadoes are taking on every bird that comes to the feeding station. There are three females this year, up from the usual two. I’m not sure how many males are here because they’re too busy trying to kill each other. They’re attacking blue jays, white-throated sparrows, chickadees and juncos as well as diving bombing each other.

Hummingbirds eat insects as well as nectar from flowers. Please, never ever add red food coloring to the syrup you make for your hummingbird feeders. They don’t need the artificial dye and they don’t need red. Honestly! They don’t need red to be attracted to feeders or flowers. Did you know that? It’s true!

The link to the white-throated sparrow goes to the leucistic bird that was here. I’ve updated the entry with a picture of a typical bird.

I meant to take the photo of the male hummingbird. The female flew in right behind him and was a bonus.
hummingbirds apple blossoms

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are back for the summer. They're busy pollinating the apple, cherry, pear and plum trees. Ruby-throated hummingbirds are the only species we have here in Maine. They're wonderful little pollinators.

5 thoughts on “Hummingbirds & Apple Blossoms

  1. I never get hummingbirds this early. It is just too cold here. There was a bad storm in Mexico and our numbers really went down. The population is slowly recovering. You got some great photos. They are so entrancing.

  2. Great hummy pics, thanks! I just put my feeder up yesterday, haven’t seen any yet, but they’ll find it soon I’m sure. We love to watch them chasing each other away. Have you heard them “chip, chip” ? They seem to spend more time fighting than eating!

  3. Your pictures are beautiful! We have been visited by 3 different hummingbirds so far, several times. It is such a treat to see them 🙂

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