With an overcast day, lighting conditions were good only intermittently. With skittish birds, I couldn’t get any closer than about 10 feet. What’s left after cropping are small files indeed.
I am more or less resigned to never getting any National Geographic shots of these birds (Hope still blooms elsewhere), so I’ve learned to enjoy the ones I do get. After all, they represent my best efforts with respect to both the technical aspects (shutter speeds and ISO limits) and timing (waiting not so patiently for the sun to emerge from behind a cloud and the hummer to emerge from the woods).