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Ruby-throated Hummingbird Photos

Photography by Terry Sohl

My Favorite: Until I started birding, I was oblivious to the fact that there birds as cool as hummingbirds, right here in South Dakota. The first year after I started birding, I starting noticing them in our yard on occasion. Up went the first feeder, in the ground went some hummingbird-friendly plants, and ever since, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have been a staple in our yard every summer. Every year, they show up around May 6.  Every year, the last bird departs in mid- to late-September. The biggest hummingbird attractor in our yard, hands down, is the honeysuckle right outside of our front door. A prolific flower from early May through early October (and beyond many years!), it attracts hummingbirds throughout the entire time they're in the state. My favorite photo is of a male feeding at that honeysuckle, with wonderful light showing that beautiful ruby throat.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1 - Archilochus colubris Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2 - Archilochus colubris Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3 - Archilochus colubris Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1

June 4th, 2006
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2

September 5th, 2011
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3

June 10th, 2008
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4

September 22nd, 2004
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 5 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 6 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 7 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 8 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 5

July 4th, 2006
Big Sioux Recreation Area, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 6

June 9th, 2008
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 7

July 20th, 2008
Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota
(at Sapsucker wells)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 8

September 1st, 2008
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 9 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 10 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 11 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 12 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 9

September 1st, 2008
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 10

June 10th, 2008
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 11

June 10th, 2008
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 12

June 10th, 2008
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 13 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 14 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 15 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 16 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 13

June 10th, 2008
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 14

June 10th, 2008
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 15

September 1st, 2009
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 16

September 1st, 2009
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 17 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 18 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 19 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 20 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 17

September 1st, 2009
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 18

September 1st, 2009
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 19

August 12th, 2009
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 20

August 12th, 2009
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 21 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 22 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 23 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 24- Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 21

August 12th, 2009
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 22

August 12th, 2009
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 23

August 12th, 2009
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 24

August 12th, 2009
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 25 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 26 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 27 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 28 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 25

August 29th, 2009
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 26

August 29th, 2009
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 27

June 6th, 2011
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 28

June 6th, 2011
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 29 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 30 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 31 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 32 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 29

June 6th, 2011
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 30

May 17th, 2011
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 31

September 5th, 2011
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 32

September 5th, 2011
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 33 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 34 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 35 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 36 - Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 33

September 5th, 2011
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 34

August 15th, 2013
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 35

June 22nd, 2014
Brandon, South Dakota

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 36

June 22nd, 2014
Brandon, South Dakota

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