He seemed so hungry! Intent only on feeding, this little Ruby-Throated Hummingbird paid no attention to me at all. His table was set well...two feeders still hanging, and Bat Faced Cuphea and other flowers still blooming galore... but it was the Monrovia's firecracker plant on which he dined.
|A jungle of Bat Faced Cuphea (Cuphea llavea)|
One has to wonder why some of these little critters are so late. Migration is a serious thing. Is this one making his way more slowly because he is younger, and possibly weaker, thus feeding more as he journeys southward? If so, I hope he got his belly full at this pit stop. I saw him again a couple of times at one of the feeders, so I was thankful that I had left them hanging.
|Even a hummingbird could get lost here...|
|Just ask the Rusty Rooster...|
|Intent on feeding on Monrovia's Firecracker Plant...|
And, just for the record, as I write this at 5:30 p.m. October 9, he is at a feeder. I hope he knows, if he plans to spend the night, that we will be getting somewhat cooler this evening...