I really do believe in the birdwatching gods and they shone on the morning group today. I have been photographing birds daily for 6 months straight and this was the first hummingbird that has come close (in fact, as you will see, there were 2). Of course, if I had a red hummingbird feeder in the garden, I would see many.
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are relatively common in wooded areas and on the edges of wood. This is the only hummingbird common in the east and nearly all migrate to Central America.
Species list: double-crested cormorant, Canada goose, herring gull, red-tailed hawk, turkey vulture, spotted sandpiper, rock pigeon, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, blue jay, American crow, ruby-throated hummingbird, black-capped chickadee, red-breasted nuthatch, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, ruby-crowned kinglet, red-eyed vireo, yellow-rumped warbler, house sparrow, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, song sparrow. (23 species)
Park and Bluffs views:
Heath and New England Aster hybridize to produce this aster:
There are flowers enough in the summertime,
More flowers than I can remember:
But none with the purple, gold, and red
That dyes the flowers of September! – Mary Howitt (1799–1888)