Hummingbirds are attracted to the bright red color of the cardinal flower. From these delicate, trumpet-shaped flowers, the hummingbird receives sweet nectar. In return, the cardinal flower depends on the hummingbird for pollination.
Across the downs a hummingbird
Came dipping through the bowers,
He pivoted on emptiness
To scrutinize the flowers.
10 thoughts on “Hovering around the flowers”
Sadly we do not have any Humming Birds in the UK
Here we only have the Ruby-throated hummingbird. They will be heading south soon to winter in warmer weather. It is always sad to see them go and a welcome sight when they return.
Great shots, Rebecca! I learned recently that the reason that hummers go to red/orange flowers first is because bees don’t see red as well as blue/purple. Therefore, nectar will be more likely found in the redder colors. Amazing!
I’ve never heard this before. That is quite amazing! Thanks for sharing.
How beautiful. I still have not seen a hummingbird up close. Years ago my father had Cannas and I would see them going for nectar in the bright-colored flowers. I don’t think there were nectar feeders in those days. I’ve not seen cardinal flowers before either. What a stunning combination of birds and blooms.
Thanks, Linda. I never tire of watching the little hummingbirds flit among the flowers. It is a beautiful sight!
I was hoping to see some the day I went to the botanical gardens, but was not quick enough to catch them in action. Likely I’ll need to wait until next year now Rebecca.
You’ve got many beautiful photos!
I have been always attracted to humming birds but never had chance to see them right front of my eyes …
Thank you, Ellie! Watching hummingbirds is a special treat and a blessing — one you never grow tired of.