Friday, April 11, 2008

Enamored with Hummingbirds

I was hoping to get a picture of mom hummingbird with her chicks but she was being shy. It amazes me how fast these little guys grow in a week. Here's another photo of the chicks where you can see the metallic green feathers starting to fill in.


Anonymous said...

Here are some facts about the Anna's hummingbird I thought that people might find interesting.

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.

The Anna's Hummingbird is one of three species of hummingbird that are permanent residents of the US or canada. These are very small birds. The average weight of the male is 4.31 grams, while female weighs an average of 4.07 grams. The Anna's is the largest hummingbird seen on the west coast. Of course this is not saying much as it is only four inches tall.

If you would like much more information about hummingbirds, please click the link below. The site contains many articles about hummingbirds, video clips about hummingbirds, an informative tips booklet on hummingbirds, and much more.

Click Here To Visit About Hummingbirds

Happy hummingbird watching everyone!

Zoe Ann Hinds

The Zen Birdfeeder said...

Great image! Lucky you!