Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Late this afternoon, under a half-cloudy, half-sunny sky, I was just about to sit down on the deck when a buzzing, thrumming hum zipped over my right shoulder, making me flinch a little as it always does – and a tiny blur of a bird flew out over the rail and circled back to the hummingbird feeder we’d put out almost a week ago. It was the first Ruby-throated Hummingbird we’ve seen this spring. It hovered over the feeder for just a few moments, posing perfectly, its ruby throat glistening in a shaft of sunlight. Then it zipped away and out of sight. We didn’t see it again the rest of the early evening, but it’s nice to know they’re back.

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