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  • One autumn, a ruby-throat, on its lonely, five-hundred-mile migration—a journey across the Gulf of Mexico, which can demand twenty-one hours of nonstop flight—landed, spent, on a drilling platform on the Mississippi coast.


  • This is why the gorget of a male ruby-throat, for instance, dazzles in sunlight but may look black in shade.


  • Female ruby-throat we only get one kind in Maine, insert rampaging jealousy of western hummingbird aficionados here.


  • Our native columbine, on the contrary, has longer, contracted, straight, erect spurs, most easily drained by the ruby-throat which, like Eugene Field, ever delights in

    Wild Flowers Worth Knowing

  • Going into my front hall, whose veranda-door framed in a sunny picture of orange-boughs, jasmine-vines, and white-clouded blue sky, I had found a male ruby-throat circling about the ceiling, not wise enough to stoop, fly low, and pass out by the way it had come in.

    Strong Hearts

  • He had found four nests of the ruby-throat, but had seen no male about any of them after nidification was begun.

    The Foot-path Way

  • For myself, indeed, as I have already said, I hold no brief against the ruby-throat, and, notwithstanding the seemingly unfavorable result of my investigation into his habits as a husband and father, it is by no means clear to me that we must call him hard names.

    The Foot-path Way

  • My own opinion is, reluctant as I have been to reach it, that such absence or desertion -- by whatever name it may be called -- is the general habit of the male ruby-throat.

    The Foot-path Way

  • Could such truancy be habitual with the male ruby-throat?

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  • In view of the foregoing evidence, it appears to me reasonably certain that the male ruby-throat, as a rule, takes no considerable part in the care of eggs and young.

    The Foot-path Way


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