Hummingbird, Ruby-throated (FIRST)

Date: 05/09/2007

Number: 1

We observed a smaller-than-average male at both feeders and flowers around 9:30 a.m. By 10:00 a.m. when our first field class of 5th and 6th grade students arrived, there were two males in the garden. (The second hummer to arrive was almost twice as large as the first.) It was good to see the smaller male appear to be feeding not only on nectar but also spend considerable time gleaning small insects off a tall, vining honeysuckle that climbs a TV tower on the southside of our Bird and Butterfly Garden. Both Ruby-throats sat in a small Serviceberry Tree during the heaviest downpours on this warm and rainy day. However, by late afternoon we noticed the larger hummer was chasing after the smaller male. We intend to put more feeders in the back garden which faces a woodland edge bird-watching area and that should provide enough territory for both males since we usually have three females on site by the end of May. Thanks to the 2007 Journey North Map and our Field Reports that JN keep

Sylvania, OH

Latitude: 41.7 Longitude: -83.7

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