Hovering around the flowers

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.
~Nathalia Crane

10 thoughts on “Hovering around the flowers

    • 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.

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

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