Yesterday afternoon, I spent about an hour at the winter home of the little ruby-throat. Not long after I set up, it flew in and perched on the feeder crook for about twenty seconds.
Not wasting much time, it went to the feeder for some long drinks. Can you see the shiny band on its left leg?
It kept an eye on me but continued to drink and then flew to the warmest spot near the brick wall of the house. It fluffed up and napped a bit while it soaked up the sun. What a puffball!
Time for more!
I did get some video which I'll share later. The bird is making it for now. The homeowner and I talked about the 12 degree lows forecast for next week. They are doing all they can to keep food fresh and ready for it and it must be finding a sheltered place at night not far away. We're all rooting for this tiny bird, yet realize the stakes are high. It should be somewhere warm in Central America where there are lots of tiny insects for it to eat.