Not his best angle or lighting by berelaxed

Not his best angle or lighting

I won't begin to try to technically explain why his lovely gorget, the feathers under his beak, look dark. Unfortunately, I couldn't capture the shimmering red I saw as he approached the feeder near this twig. It has to do with how the light interacts with his feathers. If the light and angle is one way you see dark, or black feathers, if it's another way, these prism like feathers refract the light and you see amazing iridescent, shimmering red.

This chap seems to be the last Ruby Throat left of our seasonal residents. I haven't seen any females today, I hope they are still around, but I think they have begun their long flights south. I'll keep the feeders out for the travelers flying from northern New England in hopes that they will find them on their journey south. I love these birds and it makes me so sad to see them leave.

We were very lucky last night as the remnants of 4 day old Hurricane Ida ripped through on a northward track. We had a tornado warning, a loud thunderstorm and torrential rain. Thankfully the tornado didn't materialize, but we were a bit nervous. So many others in states south of us suffered from catastrophic flooding.

Honestly it just seems like everything is upside down, politically, health and weather-wise. My heart goes out to many tonight.

For the Record,
This day came in wet after heavy rain all night. It was cooler, but still very humid.

All hands wary
Gorgeous, beats our sparrows and starlings at the feeder... Though starlings can look pretty stunning in the right light.

Glad you're all OK, the reports first from New Orleans and now from NY and New Jersey etc are awful. Will these extreme weather events all over (even here in good old temperate UK) make the powers that be act differently...?
September 3rd, 2021  
I know I am going to take down my feeder soon. Once I see the nectar isn't disappearing.
September 3rd, 2021  
@boxplayer Something has to move the folks who claim to run the world to protect her and all of us!
September 3rd, 2021  
@joansmor The yellow jackets are all over mine now.
September 3rd, 2021  
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