Like a child with a spoon, young hummingbirds can be just as clumsy while eating. Food can end up all over their head and all over their bill. This youngster reveals his age from the pollen pasted on his face, and the spot he chose to perch. This boy, named "freckle", shows the dark spots coming in on his throat, while one red feather shows the bling in the right light conditions, as seen in the second image. For anyone who grows Zinnia flowers, you know just how frequently hummingbirds use them as a perch.
I always consider Zinnia flowers an essential flower for young hummingbirds. I think of them as a training flower. They're a large target with brilliant colors and an easy access to the pollen filled button.
August 10, 2019. Northeast of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.