Flight of the Hummingbirds

It’s that time of the year again.

The Ruby Throated Hummingbird are about ready to migrate here in northern Mississippi. They are in great abundance now storing up the winter fats for the migration to Mexico and all along Central America. Some Ruby Throated Humming Birds start out out as far north as Canada. The Ruby Throated is the most common hummingbird in the eastern US.

These suckers are fascinating to watch. The past two weeks they are emptying a quart sized feeder every two days. And I have seven of them.  You don’t need any fancy solutions. I just use water, sugar and red food color. During the summer months I mix a four to one ratio. When They start to gather in numbers I switch them over to a three to one ratio.

And yes they do chirp. It’s a high pitch squeaky sound. Along with the buzzing of the wings. After a while they become accustomed to people. When I go out to change their feed, they will all swoop down and wait on me. They know we’re feeding them. Below is photos to enjoy along with a small 30 second video. Yes it’s on my back porch.

 

Sorry for the video quality. I had to re-encode it pretty heavy to get it to the WordPress size limitation. It’s kinda jerky. I should have used a tripod but I didn’t.

 

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