Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Red Bee Balm in Waukesha County Wisconsin July 5, 2015

A pair of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have been in the yard here since spring. I photographed this female early this afternoon in a bed of Red Bee Balm. This plant is a magnet for these birds. Images were taken on July 5, 2015.


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











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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.

6 Responses to Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Red Bee Balm in Waukesha County Wisconsin July 5, 2015

  1. Annie says:

    Always nice to see your wonderful pictures . We too believe that the hummers must have a nest nearby and have searched..but nothing. That is one goal of ours…to find one! Thanks again.

  2. Sara Sonntag says:

    Excellent Jim!

  3. Nan Wisherd says:

    Really gorgeous, Jim! Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. Laura says:

    There’s nothing so lovely as a hummingbird among the flowers. Wonderful photos.

  5. Jennifer says:

    How lovely! I have to get myself some red bee balm! I’ve always loved the flowers and I love the hummingbirds that come to my feeder. Thanks!

  6. Cabo JJ says:

    Love your pictures but very much dislike your big name plastered across each picture. Distracts from what we should be seeing. Is that really necessary? Cabo JJ

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