Photographer Poggensee hails the hummingbirds as they start migration

IDA GROVE, Iowa, Sept. 17, 2018 — Photographer Don Poggensee says in his observations of birds in Iowa, he notices that the hummingbirds are usually the first to start moving south, “as early as the end of August or the start of September.”  So he took a few photos of ruby-throated hummingbirds, “our most common hummers here in Iowa,” as they were passing his home just outside this northwest Iowa town.

“The ruby-throated hummingbird, has a long migration,” Poggensee reported, “some going as far south as our southern states, and some over-flying the Gulf of Mexico into central Mexico and Panama.  Others fly all the way into the Caribbean for the winter.” 

Here are four of his favorite photos of them.

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A ruby-throated hummingbird when it’s not humming.

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Ready for work.

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Gettin’ it!

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Love that honeysuckle!

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