This Morning Outside
by Diane Porter
June 17, 2011
There are lots of female ruby-throated hummingbirds at my feeders, but most days I see only one male. I watch for the lightning flashes of his rubies and emeralds.
I can tell when the male is coming up behind me. At one tenth of an ounce, a male is slightly smaller than a female, and his tiny wings strum a noticeably higher note.
I love to feel the wind of their wings on my skin as they whirl around me or motor up for a close look at my face.
Photo copyright 2011 Michael and Diane Porter