Photos & text © Bill Hilton Jr. & Operation RubyThroat
Here's proof that hummingbirds are not the only birds that visit sugar water feeders. The three back-lit birds above--a male and female House Finch and a juvenile male Ruby-throated Hummingbird--were perched at various time on a feeder at the home of Norma Ballard in Piedmont, South Carolina on 7 September 2003. The finches could not insert their bills into the feeder ports as the hummingbird did, but seemed to lick around the artificial flowers where capillary action probably drew up small amounts of the fake nectar mix (see below). The photos also give a good comparison of the actual body size of a ruby-throat when compared with a House Finch.

Photos & text © Bill Hilton Jr. & Operation RubyThroat

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