Ruby-throated Hummingbird

The following video clips show a Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) feeding on Jewelweed flowers (Impatiens capensis). I spotted the small bird during a photowalk through the “Wildlife Sanctuary,” one of seven small parks owned and maintained by the Community Association of Hollin Hills, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

Although it is difficult to make a positive identification of the bird shown in the videos, it is clearly some type of hummingbird and Ruby-throated Hummingbird is “the only common eastern [USA] hummingbird.” Source Credit: “Peterson Feeder Birds of North America” free app (see Apple iPad 1 screen captures, shown below). “Ruby-throated Hummingbirds feed on the nectar of red or orange tubular flowers such as trumpet creeper [see Trumpet vine flowers and “fruit”], cardinal flower, honeysuckle, jewelweed [shown above], bee-balm, red buckeye and red morning glory, as well as at hummingbird feeders and, sometimes, tree sap.” Source Credit: “Ruby-throated Hummingbird,” The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.




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