September Hummingbirds

I watched for them all summer. I heard the hum of their wings as they hurried from one flower to another. They out-paced my camera until the second Sunday in September. My Mom was visiting for a long weekend. On Sunday, we walked in the woods at Jester Park.

At least two ruby-throated hummingbirds were feeding in the flowers by the creek near the entrance to the woods. One of them was young. She lacked the spotted stripes on her throat found on an adult female.

Eleven days later, a female ruby-throated hummingbird passed through the Butterfly Garden at Saylorville Lake while I was following the butterflies.

September 10, 2017

A young female ruby-throated hummingbird in the woods at Jester Park, Iowa, September 10, 2017.

A female ruby-throated hummingbird in the woods at Jester Park, Iowa, September 10, 2017.

A female ruby-throated hummingbird in the woods at Jester Park, Iowa, September 10, 2017.

September 21, 2017

A female ruby-throated hummingbird in the Butterfly Garden at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 21, 2017.

A female ruby-throated hummingbird in the Butterfly Garden at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 21, 2017.

Take care and thanks for reading.

Sarah

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19 Responses to September Hummingbirds

  1. kp says:

    beautiful birds – thank you :-). I wish it was warm enough for them to live in the UK too.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi 🙂
      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! They are beautiful birds 🙂 I find it fascinating how they manage to hover while drinking the nectar from the small flowers. Their wings are a blur and they really do hum. 🙂 During the summer I had a couple fly close by me. I heard the hum and then turned around in a circle trying to see where the bird had gone! There is rarely a still moment in the life of a hummingbird. On the 10th of September, the young one was resting on the tree branch in the shade while the older one moved in the flowers.

  2. Shady_Grady says:

    Those are beautiful birds. Those photographs almost look like portraits. There’s a lot of beauty in the natural world. You can tell that the hummingbirds don’t stay in one place long. I can almost feel them moving.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Shady 🙂
      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you enjoy the photos. 🙂 There is a lot of beauty in the natural world. The hummingbirds are a blur of activity. They hone in on a flower, take a sip of the nectar, and then zoom off to a different flower on a different plant. Every once in a while, they interrupt feeding to chase off another hummingbird. And every once in a long while, I would see them resting on a branch. They don’t rest for long, though.

  3. zirah1 says:

    Hard to beat hummers! So cute and capable of such powerful aero-acrobatics, if there is such a term. I’ve had a couple of them come up and sort of hang in the air right in front of me for a short period of time. Such a special, magical experience!

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Zirah 🙂
      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I know what you mean about the hummingbird close encounter. 🙂 It happened to me a couple of times this summer. I wasn’t quick enough with the camera to catch the experience on film. The hummingbird was a few feet away and looking right at me. I imagined him thinking….”Hey, What is she doing here?!?” and then he changed course and flew off leaving me laughing. 🙂

  4. GOOD FOR YOU, SARAH!! Outstanding photographs! I KNOW how challenging it is to capture a hummingbird but your best chance does come I’d say in September when they are bigger and slower due to all the nectar they have eaten for their very long migration journey. OH how I enjoyed your post! Thank you! 🦋

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Amy 🙂
      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you enjoyed seeing the little hummingbirds. 🙂 I knew they liked to visit the flowers by the creek since I had seen them there before. It is an area before the woods proper where a lot of the birds like to hang out. I took my Mom there on a walk to see whatever birds were around. It turned out to be the hummingbirds! I am happy to see all of the birds. I was particularly happy to see the hummingbirds since I’d been looking for them all summer. 🙂

      • Next year I’m putting out more hummingbird feeders because the Baltimore Orioles share the one we have now. It’s getting a bit crowded as the “families” expand. 🤗

        • Sarah says:

          I am sure the hummingbirds and Baltimore orioles appreciate your attention and the feeders! They probably don’t want to share. 🙂 They are both beautiful birds. I love the sound of the Baltimore oriole’s song. In the late spring and early summer, I heard it every time I went to the park. There were quite a few different pairs that called the park home this summer. One of the pairs had a nest high in a tree in the same area where I saw the hummingbirds in September. I noticed the nest the last time I was there now that the leaves are off of the trees.

          • I love their song too!!! It took me THREE years to entice them to our property by hanging pieces of oranges to our trees. They are very particular where they nest but I was so determined to have them here. Now they come back every year and when I hear their song I run out and dance for Joy! There used to be a red-winged blackbird who came back every year who would announce his arrival to me and talk back and forth to me. Yep, true. All of the birds that come here know who I am and at times they follow me. It is SO cool. While in a park two days ago a Chick-a-Dee landed on my mitten of my right hand just talking to me. Amazing! LOL

  5. Lovely photos, Sarah. Such beautiful birds in your woods and looks like a gorgeous day in the park! Enjoy the wildlife and the beauty of Autumn! 🙂

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Iris 🙂
      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you enjoyed the photos. 🙂 They were very nice days with lots of sunshine and activity. It is the late side of fall now with leaves underfoot and crisp air. Every season smells different. I am hoping to be outside next weekend in the sunshine seeing the birds that stay for the winter and breathing in lots of fresh air. Thanks for the happy wishes. Same back to you! 🙂

  6. Such beautiful and clear photos and they move so fast. We only saw hummingbirds on a trip to Peru. Thought they were butterflies at first as so tiny! I seem to have missed quite a few of your posts and hope you enjoyed the rest of the story. Perhaps I’ve missed an email from you again. Am busy revising bits of the novel again and haven’t got round to maps. Hope your weather is improving now.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi 🙂

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you enjoyed seeing the hummingbirds. 🙂 I tried to photograph them all summer and they were too fast for me until this day. They are fun to watch. There were a couple of times when one would come a few feet away from me and then zoom off before I could move the camera. 🙂

      I just left a comment on your latest post about the story. Hopefully, you have seen it now. Thank you for letting me read your story. 🙂 I really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to reading what happens next! I like how you ended this one. I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone who happens to read this comment by giving away the ending. 🙂 I hope you have success with your search for an agent and publisher and don’t get discouraged. It’s a good story, in my opinion, and I know I would have loved to read it as a child or young adult as I have now.

      • Yes, thank you Sarah, I really value your comments and it’s good to know that the story can bring enjoyment. As for endings, no spoiler alerts, but I think there can be so many opinions about books and that is good. I can think and reflect but if the characters worked for you I’m really happy. Plots can be amen ended! I’m so glad you finally captured these little hummingbirds and it was a lovely reminder of my journey to Peru! Take care and all my best wishes.

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