This is my daughter holding a black-chinned hummingbird. It was a cold morning, thus, the gloves. Those who attend the banding get to hold the birds after they are weighed, measured and banded. The birds at first don't realize they are free to go, but they quickly figure it out and zip away. Rufous hummingbirds were also banded that morning. It's so special to get to see them up close and still. When we spy them in the backyard, they're moving so fast! Fred Hound, the licensed bander at the event, had this tip to share for those who put up hummingbird feeders: don't use the red-colored stuff sold in stores. Just use regular table sugar. One part sugar, 4 parts warm water from the tap. And change the feeders every couple of days. More pictures from the banding here, for those who are interested.