Lisa Lay, who lives in southeastern Kentucky, knows what to do if the perch on your feeder ever breaks: just stick out a finger and an apparent immature male Ruby-throated Hummingbird probably won't know the difference. (We're not sure whether the presence of diamond rings is also a factor in finger-perching success.) Photo taken August 2002.

The camera flash of Don Spears of Columbus IN caught this immature male Ruby-throated Hummingbird with wings spread--and showed a single red gorget feather that betrayed its age and sex. Photo taken 3 July 2002.

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