January: Basking in the Tropics
the vast majority of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are on their wintering grounds in Central America. Hummingbirds aren't the only feisty birds there, so they have to tone it down a bit. They are getting fresh new feathers and molting, but they still need to visit visit hundreds of flowers every day. Hummingbirds burn energy so fast they often eat 1.5 to 3 times their body weight in food per day. After hovering over a flower long enough to drink a nectar meal, they zip through the air, snatching tiny insects as they go.
Image: Joan Garvey