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Shelter Island Photo Op: Busy Beauty

The hummingbird shown above, feeding happily in our photographer’s backyard, is a ruby throat, the only kind of its species that nests east of the Great Plains, according to the Audubon Field Guide.

Staying still while airborne to sip nectar from a flower, the hummingbird beats its wings more than 50 times a second, according to the Guide.

Despite its small stature, it’s a hardy bird, with many migrating from Canada to Costa Rica.