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This spring I had a nice little experience with an all black ruby throated hummingbird. While sitting quietly in a little secluded area of my garden I noticed a movement out of the corner of my eye and slowly looking around I saw an entirely jet black ruby throated hummer feeding on a "Wine and Roses" Weigela shrub. It was only about 3 feet from me and the contrast of the bright ruby red throat and the jet black head and body was fantastic. The hummer stayed for only about 10 seconds, moving around the flowers and then flew off in a cork screw pattern and was gone. The shrub has since lost it's blooms but I watch for the return of the little guy on other flowers around my yard but have had no luck.