Hummingbirds are probably some of the most watched birds, according to Hummingbirds of Texas.
The number one hummer we see is the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. In the Texas Parks andWildlife Quick Reference to Hummingbirds, the Ruby-throated is described as the only commonly seen hummer in the eastern half of Texas and in the Eastern U. S.
|Male Ruby-throated, photographed at Hazel Bazemore by Jesus Moreno|
Most recently, a volunteer at Hagerman NWR reported a Rufous Hummingbird at her home feeder in western Grayson County. The Rufous is normally a west Texas migrant and seen occasionally on the Texas Gulf Coast. According to TPWD, the Rufous is the only hummingbird with a rufous (rusty, reddish-brown) back.
|Rufous Hummingbird at left, by Sue Abernathy|
|Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird feeding at Turk's Cap, at HNWR, by Dick Malnory|
cleaned every two - three days in this hot weather and refilled. Hummers also feed on small insects. It is a myth that the presence of feeders will delay or interfere with the fall migration of the hummingbirds.