The Ruby-throated hummingbirds have been actively feeding from the feeders and from flowers all season long.
As soon as the calendar turned to August, we noticed a big increase in activity at the feeders and in the garden. The young birds were hitting the Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis).
They found the first blooms that were opening on the Blue Sage (Salvia azurea).
The same goes for the single bloom in the patch of Eastern Blazing Star (Liatris scariosa).
The Sweet Coneflower (Rudbeckia submentosa) has also been attracting them.
It has been a real blur of activity at times!
They find perches to rest on and protect their little patch, like this bird on the branch of a Black Cherry (Prunus serotina).
Then, they are back at any flower they can get to before another bird chases them away.
Like all youngsters, they need a little rest when they start to tire out. This bird clings to the leaf for support.
It takes a breather on a shady stem close by.
The lightly fragrant Marsh or Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) plants did very well last year and now there are a dozen groupings of them throughout the garden. They have become a favorite of the young birds.
The bright red spot on its throat identifies this bird as a juvenile male.
The Marsh Milkweed has constant visits by other pollinators, such as bumblebees.
This Red-spotted Purple butterfly has been sipping on them.
My first sighting this year of a Giant Swallowtail butterfly was also at Marsh Milkweed.
Tiger Swallowtails have been nectaring on the milkweeds, too.
And the other day, there was a Hummingbird Clearwing Moth finding a sweet meal.
Still no sighting here of a Monarch, but with all the food available in our garden, they surely will arrive soon!