Renovating an Established Garden One Step at a Time
Good shots of a hard to get target, Kris. FYI This is male Allen's hummingbird, green back with rufous sides. They have always been year-round (non-migratory) residents around Averill Park in San Pedro. Now they have dispersed and are year-round elsewhere in SoCal like my house.
Thanks for the ID, Jane. He takes regular rest breaks on that same branch in between visits to the nearby Cuphea most mornings but I still have to sneak in my shots undetected from inside the house.
We're lucky, Jessica - this species is resides here all year.
Great shots - love the coloring. We get hummingbirds here for months but it gets just cold enough that most migrate at least a few hundred miles south this time of year.
This species is a year-round resident, Deb, but the Rufous species also stops in annually during its migration. Things get very lively when both are present!
Ahhww sweet looking thing!
So tiny yet surprisingly fierce!
Love those hummers! Are you enjoying this wonderful cool overcast weather?
Yes! Now if we could just add a little rain...
A tricky shot to get, I'm sure!
I though for sure he'd fly off while I ran to get my camera but he sat on that branch for quite a while, allowing me to get 2 shots off from the bedroom window and another one from the laundry room.
I like the thought of the humming bird needing a rest, wonderful to see the bird so much better than when it is in flight.
As hummingbirds go, this one seems to like his breaks, Christina. I see him most mornings and, after visiting the nearby Cuphea, he lands on the same branch on the same tree before heading back to the Cuphea. The cycle continues for quite awhile (as long as he doesn't notice me peering at him from the window).
Oh for humming bird's in the garden! Nice to see one having a break. It all looks so exhausting, being a humming bird!
They do keep going all day, Cathy. I see (or hear) them at dawn and they're still working into early evening.
What a delight to have humming birds in the garden. You are so lucky.
With the exception of the hummingbirds, we don't get colorful birds in the garden here, which makes the hummers all the more precious.
We all need a rest sometimes, even humming birds! Great shots Kris.
In my former garden, it seemed that the hummingbirds were always on the move but here I've noticed that they do take brief rest breaks quite frequently. In addition to this one, which I regularly see in the morning from the bedroom window, I also see them from my home office window, perching on the mimosa tree or the yucca.
It will be months before we see a hummer again. It would be wonderful to see them year round. Excellent shots!
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