Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Anna's Hummingbird

Tucson/Lazydays KOA
Tucson, AZ
November 30, 2014

 After just putting out the feeder the day before, imagine how excited I was to have visitors for Thanksgiving. Anna's Hummingbirds don't migrate. In fact, it is the only hummer that stays in the West for the winter. Being one of the most common hummingbirds here, they are quite spectacular and anything but common with their iridescent emerald feathers and sparkling rosy-pink throats.
According to allaboutbirds.com they are no larger than a ping-pong ball and no heavier than a nickel.  
 The iridescent throat of the male is called a gorget. The Anna's gorget extends over its head making it more of a balaclava (o.k., I had to look that one up...its a fancy name for a ski mask...) than a bib.














All hummingbirds have tiny legs and can not hop or walk. They can scoot sideways when perched.


Anna's Hummingbirds
 enjoy nectar from many flowering plants. They also feast on a wide array of insects...smaller ones like whiteflies and leaf hoppers.
In the 1930s, Anna's Hummingbirds were only found in California and Baja California...but thanks to widespread feeders and introduced trees such as eucalyptus, they can be found all the way to Vancouver, Canada.




So who was Anna? She was Princess Anna de Belle Massena (1802-1887).

Joe and I have enjoyed sitting on the patio and watching these amazing and beautiful birds. Today there were 3 of them sitting in the lemon tree beside us. We can always hear them before we see them.

So until next time, take care and...



happy trails!

21 comments:

  1. Great pictures! Do your hummingbirds fight over the feeder? We have one male guarding ours and he only lets one female drink from it.

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    1. That is so funny Joan! They do zoom in and out...we have had 3 at the feeder a time or two.

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  2. Oh my! I am just amazed at the fantastic pictures you have of those hummingbirds!

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    1. Thank you Jeri....I could sit and watch them for hours!

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  3. You have some great Hummingbird photos there. Good stuff you guys:))

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    1. Thank you Al...it's a fun challenge to photograph them!

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  4. Beautiful birds! I really enjoy watching them, even John enjoys watching their quick movements.

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    1. It's fun and cheap entertainment isn't it Pam?

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  5. We also enjoy feeding & watching Hummingbirds. When we're in one spot long enough, we've noticed some of the birds have very distinct personalities.

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    1. You are so right Gayle. I don't think the Anna's Hummingbirds are as aggressive as the Ruby Throated or others we have seen. We have seen several Anna's perched in the tree together and at the feeder.

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  6. Love your pictures today, amazing!

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    1. Yes they are Lisa...have a great Wednesday!

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  8. Hummers are always a challenge. You done good! :)

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  9. great shots. Love sitting on my porch watching them come to the feeders we do have on bully as usual

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    1. Thanks JO. Isn't that just the way it always is? And what about this rain today? I'm sure the desert will be loving it!

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  10. Gay, what a great blog on this hummer! Your photos are beautiful! What a joy to get to just sit and watch these amazing, tiny creatures. Enjoy! Happy Trails!

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    1. Hi Sheila, thank you so much! Hope all is going great in sunny Florida.....

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  11. Gay, your bird shots are just wonderful! What a treat to watch and capture their habits. But I do say I have touched a hummingbird when we were at a bird banding in Gulf Shores last April.

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