FIELD IDENTIFICATION: The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is a familiar visitor at nectar feeders in Wise County. The male is distinctive, with a glowing, iridescent red gorget (throat), long, thin beak, and iridescent green back. The female lacks the red gorget.
The female Black-chinned Hummingbird is almost identical, and usually cannot be safely identified in the field.
by Claire Curry
Photo by Claire Curry, in August 2000.
Photo by Mary & Claire Curry in the summer 2002.
Both photos are male Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.