Sometimes a hummingbird will stare you down bill-to-nose right through the kitchen window. This Ruby-throated Hummingbird is an immature male, as indicated by the few red feathers beginning to appear on its gorget. Like many young males RTHUs, this one also has dark greenish-black streaking on its throat. Photo taken by Bill Steiner, Kokomo IN, 30 August 2002.

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Although we doubt Zinnias have enough nectar to satisfy the sugar cravings of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, this young male is probably attracted to the red color and will learn soon enough whether there's food to be found in the flower. Photo taken August 2002 by Joanne Bartling of Washington Township NJ.
The immature male Ruby-throated Hummingbird in this photo appears to have one eye on a feeder port and one on the Yellow Jacket that probably wants its own swig of sugar water. Photo taken August 2002 by Joanne Bartling of Washington Township NJ.

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