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This morning, I awakened to the sound of rain. On this fourth consecutive day of rain, I’ve grown worried about flooding, so I peered out different windows to see if the water had begun to pond. In the backyard twilight, I saw a ruby-throated hummingbird swoop in to land on my wife’s bright red feeder.

I wondered if he might be quick enough to see and avoid falling rain drops. I live in Southeastern Virginia, and our hummingbird visitors sport feathers emerald green at the back and white at the breast. The men have ruby-red throat feathers. Two or three males fight over the use of our feeder and six to ten females regularly fly in to feed, unmolested by the men. On occasion, we have observed a bigger black hummingbird fly in. None of the ruby throats mess . Melbourne Wildlife Removal

A migratory species, hummingbirds nest in various Central American countries during winter. I haven’t read any plausible explanation as to why our bird visitors fly up to Virginia when they may have stayed in Alabama or Florida. I have read that the males come see us , likely to stake claims on food foraging areas, like my wife’s bird feeder. I read some studies of captured, released, and tracked hummingbirds that complete fat content as critically important to their health and their odds of surviving such long journeys of flight annually. The birds live only 3-5 years.

We’ve noticed a peculiar behavior in our hummingbirds when my wife moves the feeder to another post hook (about two feet off ). She’s a bird seed channel hanging from the other post, to nourish our seed crunching birds. Those birds spill seed into the floor, which attracts squirrels who will eventually harm the lawn below the feeder. My wife will occasionally switch the two feeders. For some reason, our hummingbirds, that can get the red feeder after a 1200 mile journey, will hover in front of the seeder station that got place where they expected it. It takes them awhile to get the new location of the sugar that they crave. #TAG1writer

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