This is a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, female.
Birds will clean their feathers several times a day. Having clean feathers helps to keep the bird healthy
The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are fast flyers, their wings beat around 53 times a second. They can stop in an instant, and change their position, to sideways, up, down or backwards. The males are always on watch, guarding flowers and feeders in their area. They will at times get into dogfights, and chase other hummingbirds away.
The photos here were taken in the summer months.
We start seeing the Ruby-throated hummingbird’s in our area sometime in the April. We have hummingbird feeders in our backyard. We make our own sugar water. In a pan boil 4 cups of water and 1 cup of white, granulated sugar, let it cool down, and then put it in the ref. Please don’t use red food color in their sugar water, it isn’t good for them.
When we are ready to fill up the feeders, we will set the sugar water out of the ref. to warm up some. In warm weather we will change the sugar water in their feeders about twice a week, when it gets hot we will change it four times a week, in cool weather once a week. We also clean their feeders often, using hot soapy water, and rinsing well to get rid of the soap. We don’t want our hummingbirds to get sick.
The hummingbirds have great memories and will migrate back to the same area year after year, as long as their food source is still there. Besides using our hummingbird feeders we have plants in our yard that they like to feed from. We don’t use chemicals in our yard because the flowers that we have, the butterflies and hummingbirds like to feed from.