Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Bottle Gentian in Waukesha County Wisconsin on September 5, 2015

At least 2 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are still hanging around the yard here in Waukesha County. Bottle Gentian has been a favorite once again as it is in full bloom now. Still amazes me how their bill goes into the top, then inside so carefully for the nectar and the plant almost looks untouched. With Cardinal Flower and Zinnias still blooming those are also still flowers of choice. They are still going to the nectar feeders along with other wildflowers in the yard. Images were taken on September 5, 2015.

Bottle Gentian

Bottle Gentian

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Binomial name: Archilochus colubris

Category: Hummingbirds

Description: Metallic green feathers on back, grayish-white on underparts.  Males have a vibrant red throat which may appear dark in poor lighting. Wings are dark gray, almost black.  Long, slender bill is black in color and mostly straight with a slight curve at the tip.

Size: 2.8″-3.5″ long, 3” – 4” wingspan

Weight: 0.071 oz. – 0.21 oz.

Habitat: Broadleaf and pine forests, orchards, meadows, parks, and gardens

Bottle Gentian

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

5 Responses to Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Bottle Gentian in Waukesha County Wisconsin on September 5, 2015

  1. jenn says:

    Wonderful, as always!

  2. Nan Wisherd says:

    Thanks for sharing, Jim! I will have memories of these colorful flowers and busy hummers until we see them again next year.

  3. Darrell Schiffman says:

    Jim,
    I haven’t been out birding in a while and so I get my fix looking an enjoying your pictures . Keep posting and I hope to see you in the field sometime in the fall.

  4. Sara Sonntag says:

    Beautiful work Jim! Looks like monarchs are starting to migrate now…have seen many of them today! I have a “root canal” tomorrow…”sigh”…then maybe I can finally get out to shoot! Enjoy this beautiful day Jim!

  5. Teddy says:

    hummingbird on one of my favorite plants (Bottle Gentian), amazing.

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