This year’s ruby-throat hummingbird youngsters have grown up, and they are hungrily feeding before they start their long journey southward in a couple of weeks. A few telltale red spots at the base of the throat reveal that this is a juvenile male. Eventually, he will develop a full and colorful gorget.
Studies have shown that hummingbirds return every year to the same area where they hatched, and they even visit the same feeders. I probably won’t recognize this feathered friend next year, but we’ll fill up the feeders at Grey Havens cottage to welcome him back!