Month: June 2011

Ruby-throated Hummingbird: All Grown Up!

By Derek Stoner, Conservation Project Coordinator On Saturday, June 18, our class from the Naturalist Certification Series visited Coverdale Farm Preserve for a bird walk.  Lots of great birds gave us plenty to appreciate, from Orchard Orioles to Indigo Buntings to Yellow Warblers.  But the star of the show was the baby Ruby-throated Hummingbird, sitting in the nest where for the …

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Happy Father’s Day!

By Derek Stoner, Conservation Project Coordinator As we celebrate Father’s Day today, here is a perfect image to illustrate the day: a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird in full color!  Male birds often are more colorful than females, and male hummingbirds in particular are known for their brilliant colors. Hummingbirds are known for their iridescent feathers, and the throats …

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird: About to Fledge!

By Derek Stoner, Conservation Project Coordinator  On June 15, I visited the Ruby-throated Hummingbird nest at Coverdale Farm for the third Wednesday in a row.  At this point, the nestling hummingbird is an estimated 15-16 days old and looks much more like an adult hummingbird.   The beak looks to have grown an additional quarter-inch in …

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