He arrived in Spring with a newly grown wardrobe, and every fiber of every feather glistened like like polished metal. The morning sun reflected brilliantly off every feature as he was handsomely dressed for mating season. He located the bathing fountain and cleaned himself up regularly to be the top bird in the garden. He put on a display with his brilliant colors. His metallic olive jacket and tuxedo contrasted nicely to his brilliant red gorget. He worked like no other bird to guard and protect his colorful kingdom. Every flower and feeder was under his authority, and no access was granted without his permission. His protection was more fierce than a watchdog, and his eyesight was more precise than doppler radar. Simply put, he was spectacular in every way.
Today, he's long gone from our garden but the memories still linger, and the photos will have to be sufficient until next Spring.
Adult male Ruby-throat hummingbird. N.E. of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. May 28, 2018.
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