There is only one species of Hummingbird in the Chicago aea, the Ruby Throated Hummingbird. They spend their winters in Central America and arrive here in May. Throughout the summer, though, there was almost no sign of them in our garden this year.
That changed about 10 days ago. Since then, we see hummingbirds almost every time we approach the front steps. Usually they are feeding at the containers stuffed with Hummingbird-attracting annuals.
Using the sports setting and a zoom lens, Judy got some pretty amazing photographs. These tiny guys move around so fast that they are a blur much of the time. Of course, that is part of what makes them so fascinating – plus their ability to hover like tiny helicopters.
Cigar Plant (Cuphea ignea) is a big hummingbird favorite.
They also really like Star Flower (Pentas lanceolata).
And like the butterflies, they are very fond of Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia lanceolata).
After a while I thought the hummingbirds were getting tired of having their pictures taken. Is he mooning us here?
Despite this suspected rudeness, it’s been exciting having the hummingbirds around.
Have you seen hummingbirds in your garden this year?