The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is by far the most common species that breeds in the eastern half of North America. Ruby-throats are intensely inquisitive and thus easily attracted to feeders, where males in particular typically display aggressive territoriality toward rival hummers, other birds, and even insects such as bees, and butterflies. They quickly become accustomed to human presence, and as many Swagges can attest, will swoop down to investigate red articles of clothing, possibly as potential food sources.
Did you know?..The Swag currently has four hummingbird feeders out on the front porch which Swag staffers fill twice daily. That equals 384 oz. of necter a day, WOW!
Speaking of hummers, don’t forget our birding expert Bob Collier returns later this month for Birding on the Lawn and daily hikes. Check out our Special Event Calendar for more information.