From his perch he has a clear view of his territory and will reveal his presence suddenly and with gusto if another of his kind dares to enter.
When he's hungry he has several choices in the garden. Wendy's Wish salvia which grows just below his perch is one of his favorites right now, but he likes the other salvias, too, and just wait until the Turk's Cap blooms. He won't be able to resist its sweet nectar, no hummingbird in our garden ever has.
Look here he comes...
|A male Ruby-throated Hummingbird flies from his perch in the Crape Myrtle (background) to the feeder.|
|Hummingbird Nectar: 4 parts water, 1 part pure cane sugar, no red dye.|
And, he's not the only hummingbird visitor in the garden...
|A female Ruby-throated Hummingbird at the feeder keeps a wary eye on the photographer.|
I'd love to be able to follow her to know where she's hanging out. Maybe she has a nest! Hummingbirds don't usually nest around here (Needville, Texas), but it's so unusual for them to linger this long, I suppose anything is possible. Finding a thimble-sized nest, perhaps camouflaged with lichen, lined with plant down, and held together with strands of spiderweb silk would be a thrill, wouldn't it?
|Mr. Ruby-throated Hummingbird showing off his bright red gorget.|
Today's post is my contribution to Wildlife Wednesday—a meme, hosted by Tina at My Gardener Says..., that celebrates wildlife in the garden on the first Wednesday of every month. This is my first time to participate.