Monday, September 15, 2014

Rock Spring/Hummingbirds

Yesterday afternoon, Hub and I made our annual pilgrimage to Rock Spring to see hummingbirds.  Rock Spring is a nature trail on the Natchez Trace Parkway just north of the Tennessee River bridge.

There is a large pond/lake that resulted from beaver dam construction; it seems to get larger every year.  It is a perfect place for wildlife.  We saw ducks, dragonflies, goldfinch, woodpeckers, turtles, and many, many hummingbirds.

The water was absolutely still yesterday.

The sides of the pond are covered with jewel weed, a favorite of hummingbirds.  They stop here every year when they start migrating to feed on the jewel weed.

Hummingbirds are quick little rascals, and it is hard to get them to hold still for photos.  So, in the following shots, let's play "Find the Hummingbird".

The male has the ruby throat; what's going on here?  Maybe an immature male?  I'm hoping one of my hummingbird expert friends can answer this one.

Early morning or late afternoon is the best time to go for the most activity. The hummingbirds usually migrate through September. You still have plenty of time to make the trip out there, and it is worth the drive.