Monthly Image: Hummingbird!

Mary grows Scarlet Runner Beans with vivid red flowers specifically for the Ruby Throated hummingbirds that frequent the back yard:

Hummingbird with Scarlet Runner Bean flowers
Hummingbird with Scarlet Runner Bean flowers

This female perched quite a while on that tendril while sticking her tongue out; it looks like a length of monofilament fishing line. The male also feeds on those flowers, although I’ve never seen him perch anywhere for more than a few seconds.

We wish them success in raising their chicks!

Hand-held with the Canon SX-230HS zoomed all the way in, then ruthlessly cropped.