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This Morning Outside

by Diane Porter

June 17, 2011
Birdwatching Dot Com
Fairfield, Iowa

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.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Photo copyright 2011 Michael and Diane Porter

—Diane Porter

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