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Bird of the Week: Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Summertime is perfect for spotting a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird in your yard! These beautiful and speedy birds zip around from flowers to feeders   show-casing a beautiful emerald green back, and you can catch a glimpse of the males’ iridescent ruby throat as they pause to sip nectar.

Hummingbirds quickly become  used-to human presence, so you can attach a feeder right to your window or right on your porch and get an up close and personal view  of their beautiful and interesting behaviors.
Ruby-throated hummingbirds are very territorial and will spend much of their day perched nearby their food source guarding it from intruders such as other, even bigger, birds and also insects. In addition to setting up feeders, a great way to attract  hummingbirds is to plant certain flowers and bushes in your yard such as Cardinal Flower, Foxglove, Hollyhock, Trumpet Vine, Butterfly Bush and Weigela.
Hollyhock (Alcea)

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