We have been having a fantastic time entertaining the birds in our backyard the past couple summers and this year we were catering very heavily to the hummingbirds. We only get Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds up here in Minnesota and it's very easy to distinguish between the male and the female. Especially in our yard when they let you get nice and close :)
These were actually taken in our backyard with my iPhone so sorry the quality isn't very high but you can see the male on the left with the bright red neck/chest area and the female on the right with the all tan/white underside. I did however notice during a few close encounters that she had a small purplish spot on her chest/neck that shined just beautifully in the sun.
A few weeks ago we also went with my parents and Mark's Mom to the Henderson Hummingbird Hurrah event in Henderson, MN. Henderson is a pretty small town but plenty of folks were out to try to capture pictures of the hummingbirds up-close, pick up educational materials, mingle with local vendors and watch the Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter carefully traps and bands the hummingbirds for tracking and observation. Of course we were away from the area when he finally caught one so we missed out on watching that up-close but at the time we were mesmerized by baby hummingbirds. A lady near the gardens told us to make a short walk across town to an apartment complex where a resident had spotted a hummingbird next on a tree in the yard. Bob was that lucky resident and was watching over the nest with a couple spectators when we arrived. He said that momma hummingbird was pretty consistent and would return to the nest about every 20 minutes. She was right on cue and slowly over the course of a couple hours she drew quite a crowd. The nest was as adorably small as you would figure. Maybe the size of a large walnut.
As far as feeding, we have transitioned strictly to a sugar water mixture and ditched buying the red concentrate mix. They LOVE the sugar water and it's much cheaper. Throughout the summer, we were giving them a 4:1 mixture of water to sugar and changing it out about every 4-5 days. Simply bring the water to a boil in a pot on the stove, carefully pour in the sugar and then as soon as the sugar is completely dissolved, remove the mixture from the heat and let cool.
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