I mentioned yesterday that we’ve seen our first ruby-throated hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris) and also that I’d had no chance to photograph them yet. That thought stuck with me and I made sure that I spent some time with them throughout the day.
As I was watching their antics, suddenly I saw something that I’ve never seen before. One (I’m not sure whether it was a male or a female) was perched on the feeder and another zoomed in suddenly and, for around 10 or 15 seconds, flew back and forth in a rapid sideways pattern in an arc about three feet wide, maintaining a distance of about 18 inches from the feeder. As it did so, the feathers on its throat reflected the most amazing yellow-gold color, like the brightest, most saturated mature dandelion imaginable, and I was hoping it would land so that I could get a better look at it. I thought It might be a different species, but as the day progressed and I returned several more times, I caught brief flashes of yellow from one of the male ruby-throats when the light caught it just right.