Raise your hand if you know what a hummingbird does with a spider web…yes, PeggyJoan, I see your hand first!
I am known to be quite impatient in waiting for the hummingbirds to appear after I clean and refill the feeder. Yesterday was cool, and I had a productive day managing to accomplish a few small chores, so I was feeling a little more charitable waiting for the duo to arrive for dinner.
The ruby-throated hummingbird is the most common hummingbird east of the Mississippi River. It migrates to Eastern North America in summer in order to breed. Since I have seen the female (perched on the edge of the basket) and the male (in all his colorful exposure flashing the red throat) but also as many as 3 or 4 at a time, I surmise this is a couple raising babies somewhere in a nearby tree. When they leave, they fly up over the roof toward the back of the house, which borders a heavily wooded area. The nest is made with spiderweb that stretches as the birds grow, which seems like an extraordinary skill.