Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)

The only regularly breeding species of hummingbird in eastern North America.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
Durham Co., NC
26 Jan 2008

This bird was visiting Kate's feeder for several days in January when Susan Campbell, North Carolina's licensed hummingbird bander, came to study it. Within a half-hour, Susan had carefully captured the bird with a special cage equipped with a feeder.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
Durham Co., NC
26 Jan 2008

Several measurements were carefully recorded including bill length. Grooves on the bill indicated that this bird hatched in the summer of 2007, thus it's known as a "hatching-year" bird.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
Durham Co., NC
26 Jan 2008

The shape of the P6 primary feather indicates this bird is a male.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
Durham Co., NC
26 Jan 2008

Tail feather detail.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
Durham Co., NC
26 Jan 2008

Upperparts are all green.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
Durham Co., NC
26 Jan 2008

He was fitted with a tiny ankle band inscribed with a unique identification number.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
Durham Co., NC
26 Jan 2008

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
Durham Co., NC
26 Jan 2008

Ventral view.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
Durham Co., NC
26 Jan 2008

He had 9 red gorget feathers. Here's Susan's placing him in Kate's had in preparation for his release, just a few minutes after he was caught.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
Durham Co., NC
26 Jan 2008

Outta here!

Oh yeah, there was one other hummingbird sighted that day...

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
Orange Co., NC
11 Aug 2007

Only adult males show a bright ruby throat, so this bird is either a female or an immature male.

Digiscoped by hand-holding a Nikon CoolPix 4500 to a Kowa TSN-824 spotting scope.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
Orange Co., NC
11 Aug 2007

Digiscoped by hand-holding a Nikon CoolPix 4500 to a Kowa TSN-824 spotting scope.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
Orange Co., NC
11 Aug 2007

Digiscoped by hand-holding a Nikon CoolPix 4500 to a Kowa TSN-824 spotting scope.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
At Riverbend Park feeder station in Catawba Co., NC
3 Aug 2012

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
Duke Gardens, Durham Co., NC
17 Aug 2014

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