A gem of a bird

A ruby-throated hummingbird displays its namesake patch of red as it perches on a branch in Westmoreland on July 12. Only males have the iridescent red throat patch. Out of 338 known species of hummingbirds in the world, the ruby-throated hummingbird is the only one that breeds in eastern North America. It beats its wings about 53 times a second, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.