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Art Lander’s Outdoors: Ruby-Throated Hummingbird is a tiny gravity-defying wonder of nature

When wildflowers and trees bloom in the Spring, the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) returns to Kentucky to nest. Its distant wintering grounds, hundreds of miles south, are mostly open, or dry tropical scrub, rather than rain forests. The winter is spent in South Florida, Mexico and Central America, as far south as Panama. The hummingbirds that winter in Mexico or Central America,...

Gayle Pille: Spring really is in sight — those ‘flying jewels,’ the fascinating hummingbirds, are back

Ya gotta love ‘em. Just about every gardener wants them in their backyard. They’re beautiful, they’re fascinating, they’re entertaining. They’re hummingbirds! It’s no wonder that hummingbirds are often referred to as “flying jewels.” Their iridescent colors illuminate as no diamond or ruby gemstone can. They are brilliant in color and captivating in personality. Northern Kentucky...