Hummingbirds

You don’t get hummingbirds where I come from, so it was fascinating to be able to watch them from a living room window in California, sitting on a plant I had until then seen only in botanical gardens:

Hummingbird on Crimson Bottlebrush  Hummingbird on Crimson Bottlebrush

I do not know what the neighbours thought if they saw me pointing a camera into the depths of a crimson bottlebrush for a good quarter of an hour, cursing quietly from time to time, but who cares…

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~ by veronikab on 31 January, 2009.

3 Responses to “Hummingbirds”

  1. Veronika, why do you think so many Californians encourage plants which attract hummingbirds?

    ~A Californian.

  2. The Anna’s Hummingbird is the most common hummingbird found in Southern California. It is also one of three species of hummingbirds, along with Allen’s and Costa’s, that are permanent residents of the US or Canada. Also, unlike most other species of hummingbirds, they have a minimal song.

    Here is a very interesting fact about the Anna’s Hummingbird: it was originally only found on the Pacific slope from Baja California to San Francisco. This bird has increased its population and expanded its breeding range in recent years to Vancouver, British Colombia, east to southern Arizona. This expansion is believed to be due to the introduction of exotic flowering plants, especially Eucalyptus, red-hot-poker and tree tobacco,and by the proliferation of hummingbird feeders.

  3. Lol, Lune, I have no idea. Do they perhaps want to watch photographers peering into the plants for long stretches? (Photographer watching rather than bird watching.) Or perhaps they have plantations of plants that can only be pollinated by hummingbirds so they need as many hummingbirds as possible? Or they like the noise hummingbirds make?

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