Ruby-throated Hummingbird Enjoying the View

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I’ve been revisiting the Hong Kong Orchid trees growing around Everglades City, taking in their beauty.

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Hong Kong Orchids

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There was another reason as well.  I was looking for the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds who also love these trees.

Although most Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, including from Florida, spend their winter in Central America, those from the farthest points of North America will migrate no further than the tip of Florida.  I saw them in Everglades City last winter drinking the nectar from these orchids and perching so pretty.

And, by golly, I spotted a female my first visit this year!  😁

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female) at the top of a Hong Kong Orchid tree

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These hummingbirds are tiny at only 2.8 – 3.5 inches (7 – 9 cm) long, with a wingspan of 3.1 – 4.3 inches (8 – 11 cm).

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds beat their wings about 53 times a second!  That is almost imaginable, isn’t it?

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female)

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird sticking her tongue out

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I’m tickled to keep finding this female sunning on top of the same tree several times now.  There are four other orchid trees in that immediate vicinity, it is most definitely a perfect spot for hummingbirds.  Hopefully, I’ll continue to see her and others during the next couple months around all those trees.

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48 thoughts on “Ruby-throated Hummingbird Enjoying the View

  1. You are so lucky to have the opportunity to see these wonders of nature. For me, it has only happened once in my life, in the rainforests of Brazil. Good luck with more pictures, waiting …..

  2. The orchid trees are so bright and pretty, a perfect setting for the tiny hummingbird. No wonder some of them don’t continue to fly farther down south, they found paradise right here. 🙂

  3. I love the bright colour of those flowers! (Seems strange to me to see such brightness in mid-winter!) I can see why the hummingbird is attracted to them. They are amazing little birds aren’t they!?

    • And trees are full of them! I’ve been visiting the trees and Ms. Hummer in the mornings when the sky is such a pretty blue, really pops the pink colors. And yes, these tiny little air-dancers are truly amazing. When I just sit on my golf cart and watch this female, I marvel just how tiny she is. 🙂

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