I had some days off work this week and was able to spend some time just sitting on the patio and watching the butterflies and birds coming and going in the garden. (OK- I did some gardening too, but I'll blog about that later!)
I've been watching at least three hummingbirds zipping about the garden this week, from the Vitex to the Flame Acanthus to the Crepe Myrtle and to the feeders.
I assumed I had a male and a couple of females, but it wasn't until I looked at the photos that I realized I was wrong.
Yes, we have at least one female, and we certainly have a male -- as this one spent at least five minutes flashing his beautiful ruby throat for me to photograph today.
(As always, you can click on the photos to see a larger version.)
But it wasn't until I saw the photo below enlarged on my computer screen that I realized this wasn't the female I thought it was.
See that little red dot on his throat? I Googled "hummingbird with red dot on throat" and discovered on www.hummingbirds.net that while young males and female both look like adult females, the juvenile males can get a red dot on the gorget in late August/early September.
This is the first time I've ever seen a juvenile hummingbird, or at least the first time I have ever known I was looking at a young one.
I wonder if I'll find a nest next year?
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.