Ruby-Throated Hummer

First hummer

First hummer, at my wet, homemade birdseed buffet feeder drinking birdseed water. We quickly filled up the hummingbird feeder. Hoping she comes back! I think shes a juvenile.

Fire Ants at the hummingbird feeder

There are fire ants on the hummingbird feeder. The hummingbirds have not come yet. Should I get an ant moat or is there a cheaper option?

Any ideas on how to get rid of the ants? Will the hummingbirds come if the ants are there? Will they bite the hummers?

Hummingbird Advice Needed.

The hummingbirds at our feeder are attacking and chasing each other! Yesterday I saw three female Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds fighting! We got two feeders and put them in different places but they are still fighting! What can I do to make them not fight? I saw a male that got attacked and the feathers on his belly were coming off! Also 1 adult female Ruby Throat has a strange scar. She didn’t have that before. I saw her one day with now scar and the next day with a scar. She has been attacking the other females and males. Also, we saw an adult male with the same problem. See photos


Here are the hummingbirds that visited yesterday. We also saw a male and female black-chinned hummingbird. (Not at the feeder) Also. the shimmery part of a male hummingbird’s throat is called a gorget.

Rufous Hummingbird at our feeder!

Young male Rufous Hummingbird at our feeder! He’s been here 6 times so far!

Hummingbird back.

Finch or Hummingbird?

Mrs. Finch on a hummingbird feeder

that’s good nectar!

your drink,in alot!

Ruby-throated Hummingbird Fun – Traveler and the Troubles

We put together a fun video of our very first Ruby-throated Hummingbird we call “Traveler” having a time with two new “troubles” visiting at the Homestead. We have 4 feeders out now, but this was at the time we had just one and didn’t know until that day that we had more visitors. Lots of close up video of Traveler and his friends feeding!

First Hummingbird 2021

We observed our first hummingbird visitor for the 2021 season on 3/18/2021 – a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird visited our feeders in the evening hours.

2020’s First Hummingbirds

We put together a little video showcasing our first 2020 hummingbirds. These Ruby-Throats showed up towards the end of March, and they’ve been around ever since! This short video features close-ups at the feeder and while perched in tree limbs, with funny little captions here and there.

Ruby-Throat Stretches/Preens

A young Ruby-Throat hummingbird relaxes, preening itself and stretching while perched on a branch, taken in July 2018.

Hummingbird nest destroyed by a crow

Since this nest was destroyed in daylight and not at night I suspect a crow over rats or a cat. That, and I saw a crow swoop through the yard and could here a few calling in the trees.

Anna’s Hummingbirds nest with two eggs

Nest 4.5′ off ground. Female off the nest to eat.

Time to fly the coop!

Rufous hummingbird siblings have outgrown their nest and are ready to fledge.

Black-Chinned Hummingbirds

Observing a Black Chinned Hummingbird nest since the nest was built.

Black-Chinned Hummingbirds

During the summer of 2014 my children and I observed a Black-chinned hummingbird making a nest. We watched while she made the nest, sat on the eggs, hatched, fed them and then witnessed them flying away.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology