Preening

A hummingbird must keep its approximately 940 feathers in shape to maintain its aerodynamics. Also, a hummingbird does not molt until after it migrates, so it must travel a long distance with its old feathers.

Sleek and clean

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Sipping Nectar

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.

~Aristotle

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Tiny Hovercraft

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Scruffy

Post number 1000!

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Mystery Bird

Can any of you birders out there help with identifying this bird?
She  (I’m assuming it’s a she) was perched near the feeders today but I didn’t see her eating. She’s really pretty with those black wing patches and dark bill. She’s about the size of a female cowbird, which was what I thought she was at first.

Addendum
Thanks for all the input. “She” is a “he” – a juvenile male Brown-headed Cowbird molting into adult plumage. Those very distinct wing patches certainly had me stumped.

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Pollinators at Work

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Look What I Found!

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