There's some cold air moving into east Tennessee right now with steady rain through last night and this morning. I'm located in the Tennessee Valley on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains. It's amazing how different 60 degrees F can feel when its accompanied by rain and wind. Without a doubt, our hummingbirds are feeling it too. (Click images to enlarge)
This juvenile male you see above was particularly mean or stealth, as we might call it. In comparison to the other juveniles who flared tails, chirped and gave warning, he slammed unsuspecting birds relentlessly during his stay. In my mind, I alternately called him, Calico and Mr. Bad, cringing at some of his attacks. I believe all that color under his chin is his emerging gorget feathers but it's hard to tell. Here's another view of him below from a different angle.
To see more of my blog posts about hummingbirds visit Ruby-throated Hummingbird Migration and Hummingbird Banding. And you may enjoy reading Hummingbirds and Sea Turtles to see what brings these two species together for me while creating art.
Reference for the latest on hummingbirds:
Hummingbird Study Group .
For the Love of It...
...the sage sees heaven reflected in Nature as in a mirror, and he pursues this Art, not for the sake of gold or silver, but for the love of the knowledge which it reveals.