Field NotesRUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, as with all hummingbirds, are very small, fast birds. They have long beaks and long tongues to allow them to feed on flower nectar. They are most often seen flitting around, always on the go from one flower to another. I have also seen them flying around and landing on tree branches. 

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird have a bright red neck patch, female do not. Both have bright iridescent green heads, backs, and wings. 

I am always on the lookout for hummingbirds to photograph. I find them a challenge due to their size and speed. All of the photos on this page are heavily cropped.

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird in tree

Female Ruby-throated hummingbird in tree

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird scratching an itch

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird after scratching. Notice the raised head feathers.