Hummer in the Shadows

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds were hanging out in the shade with me, yesterday afternoon. I actually saw a few birds panting from the heat. I have seen other birds pant (especially females in nest boxes that are incubating – poor gals.) But, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Hummer panting before.

I find it so interesting how the male’s throat patch can appear anywhere from a dull green to a vivid, shimmering red depending upon the way he presents his neck.

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