A lovely male hummingbird showing a gorget that is intermediate between the Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte Anna) and the Allen's Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin). Apparently, hummingbirds occassionally interbreed. This Anna's x Allen's hybrid was once named as a new species, Selasphorus floresii, until it was determined that it was actually a naturally occurring hybrid.
When I shot this picture, I remember being simply transfixed by the brilliant gorget feathers that reflected a brilliant copper-orange and metallic red, thinking it was the most beautiful hummingbird I had seen. I was so transfixed, that, while I registered that the coloration was uniquely attractive and hypnotic under the sun, I only realized this handsome male bird was likely a hybrid when I looked again at the picture, comparing it to multiple pictures before posting. After much searching online, I finally found pictures of hummingbird hybrids and confirmed that this is likely an Anna's by Allen's hybrid.
Monday, May 25, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Male Anna's Hummingbird, Calypte anna, perched on an apricot branch. I really do enjoy watching these little guys. Two of them came up to say hello, face to face, yesterday! Very curious, vocal and amazingly smart.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Monday, May 18, 2015
On another note, we have received 2.25 inches of rain so far, this May, making it the second wettest May on record. The 2015 May rainfall was exceeded (so far) only by May 1921 with 2.54 inches of rain! Ironically, relatively little of it is caught for human uses, the area being largely dependent on mountain snowfall over the Summer months. This Winter was warm and dry, thus still leaving the area in the grips of the drought, less a little May reprieve for our gardens, canyons and wildlife, all of which clearly needed the water.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Costa's Hummingbird, Calypte costae, feeding on Chuparosa nectar.
Costa's Hummingbird on a dried out Ocotillo branch.
Yellow Warbler, Dendroica petechia, leaping off of Desert Willow.
Saturday, May 09, 2015
Saturday, May 02, 2015
The hummingbirds are back in full force, particularly in the evenings when there can be whole clouds of them surrounding the feeders. The dry weather has probably made it tough to find regular food sources. I'll need to head out to the nursery and see if I can find more drought-tolerant nectar bearing flowers for them. Of course, I haven't had any grass for years, having eliminated the grass in favor of succulents and shrubs. Much lower maintenance and much prettier, IMHO. But then that's just me.
Male Anna's Hummingbird
Male Anna's Hummingbird
Male Allen's Hummingbird