Sep 28, 2016 | Featured in: Watching Backyard Birds, October 2016

Little Betty

A female ruby-throated hummingbird feeds her babies.
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Even though nesting season is over for the year, we couldn't resist sharing this photo, sent by Marie Noplos, of Fergus Falls, Minnesota. She wrote, "This is a photo I took of a female rubythroated hummingbird feeding her two babies. Little Betty, as my 11-year-old daughter named her, built her nest in the flowering dogwood tree in our backyard. I was on our deck one day and saw her going back and forth across the yard, snatching cobwebs and carrying them to the tree. I assume this is her first year of nesting because the tree limb is not very sturdy and less than 15 feet from a busy road in town. I borrowed a ladder from our neighbors and set it up in the back of my husband's truck, and then waited 45 minutes on the ladder for Little Betty to come back.

It was worth the wait! After checking me out—and I mean she thoroughly checked me out—I could feel the air from her wings and the loud humming in my ear—and deeming that I was not a threat, she simply landed and fed both babies! She seems to be a great mother, and this has been an incredible experience!"



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