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Springtime Ruby-throated Hummingbird... and a surprise guest
Lens: DA*300 Camera: K-5IIs Photo Location: My yard in SW Ohio 
Posted By: Bud, 06-02-2019, 08:36 PM

A few recent images of a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird that's been hanging out in my yard, and a very entertaining albino grey squirrel. (Plant names listed with photos)

Scrophularia macrantha 'Red Birds in a Tree'
1/1600s f/4.0 at 300.0mm iso2000


Salvia 'Skyscraper Dark Purple'
1/1600s f/5.0 at 300.0mm iso1600


Justicia brandegeana 'Shrimp Plant'
1/1600s f/5.0 at 300.0mm iso800


Salvia 'Waverly'
1/2000s f/4.5 at 300.0mm iso500


Aesculus pavia 'Dwarf Red Buckeye', a native shrub / tree that is the first hummingbird plant to bloom in my yard in the spring, and I always spot my first hummingbird of the season soon after this tree blossoms.
1/1600s f/4.0 at 300.0mm iso200


And, the first time I've spotted an albino grey squirrel in my yard. I finally figured out what's been digging around in my zinnia beds



Thanks for looking!

Bud
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Great shots!
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Well done and thanks for the plant info. Really love seeing photos of these birds without the feeder.
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Don't let the biology folks find him. They'll make him a "lab squirrel."

We've had a late spring, my hummers came back at the right time but there are no flowers for them. If it weren't for our feeders I wonder if they would have even made it. Every cold day I see them loading up at the feeders before sunset, packing it in for the night.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Bud Quote
A few recent images of a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird that's been hanging out in my yard, and a very entertaining albino grey squirrel. (Plant names listed with photos)

Scrophularia macrantha 'Red Birds in a Tree'
1/1600s f/4.0 at 300.0mm iso2000


Salvia 'Skyscraper Dark Purple'
1/1600s f/5.0 at 300.0mm iso1600


Justicia brandegeana 'Shrimp Plant'
1/1600s f/5.0 at 300.0mm iso800


Salvia 'Waverly'
1/2000s f/4.5 at 300.0mm iso500


Aesculus pavia 'Dwarf Red Buckeye', a native shrub / tree that is the first hummingbird plant to bloom in my yard in the spring, and I always spot my first hummingbird of the season soon after this tree blossoms.
1/1600s f/4.0 at 300.0mm iso200


And, the first time I've spotted an albino grey squirrel in my yard. I finally figured out what's been digging around in my zinnia beds



Thanks for looking!

Bud
Superb images!! Really well done!
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The squirrel is cute, but those humming bird with flowers shots are superb!
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Great shots!
Thanks!

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Well done and thanks for the plant info. Really love seeing photos of these birds without the feeder.
Thank you! I'm a hummingbird and nectar plant fanatic... and, I'm happy to share the plant info

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Don't let the biology folks find him. They'll make him a "lab squirrel."

We've had a late spring, my hummers came back at the right time but there are no flowers for them. If it weren't for our feeders I wonder if they would have even made it. Every cold day I see them loading up at the feeders before sunset, packing it in for the night.
I, too, have a lot of things blooming later this year, but I've been able to find some nice, big plants at a local nursery and most of them are blooming now. Despite it's very visible coat, the squirrel is incredibly stealthy and elusive

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Superb images!! Really well done!
Thank you!

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The squirrel is cute, but those humming bird with flowers shots are superb!
Thanks! I appreciate the comments
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Great series!

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And, the first time I've spotted an albino grey squirrel in my yard. I finally figured out what's been digging around in my zinnia beds
First photo does a good job of showing its aggressive side.
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