Ruby-throated hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris) are the only hummingbirds found in the Star Lake area. Their names refers to the coloration of the male. Females have a green or brown back with a white breast. They are known to be attracted to anything red, and folks in the Star Lake area widely employ this trait to attract them to sugar-water hummingbird feeders, where their flying acrobatics are easily enjoyed.
They winter in Central America, beginning their journey northward with 500-mile, 18-20 hour flights over the Caribbean. The then come north following the spring flowers. Return journeys can begin as early as July (from points further north), and they leave the Star Lake area usually around Labor Day. [Most of this information is taken from the article by Judith McGuire, cited at the Bibliography Tab above.]Charles P. ForbesSeptember 22, 2008
Comprehensive ReferencesBorrell, Brendan. Flight School. [National Geographic, Vol. 232, #1, July, 2017, pp. 98-119] Washington, 2017. View Full Entry
Major ReferencesMcGuire, Judith. Ruby-throated Hummingbird. [Trail Natives, in A.T. Journeys, Vol. 4, #5, Sept.-Oct 2008, pp. 28-29] Harpers Ferry, WV, 2008. View Full EntryOhio Division of Wildlife. Ruby-Throated Hummingbird. [Life History Notes, Publication 379] Columbus, 1999. View Full Entry (Full text available)