Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Broad-billed Hummingbird - another backyard visitor

Another visitor to my backyard feeders is the Broad-billed hummingbird. The males are easy to differentiate from other hummers because of their bright blue throat and bright red bill.


Monday, October 3, 2011

Calliope Hummingbird - The smallest in the U.S.

My feeders are positively swarming with hummingbirds right now as they migrate through to warmer climate. Southeast Arizona is a riparian highway, and this time of year is great for catching a glimpse of those weary travelers.

I have four nectar feeders hanging around the house right now, and on more than one occasion I've counted 11 (!) hummingbirds flying around one feeder. (Trust me, you have to count fast!)

Last week, I saw my very first Calliope hummingbird which is the tiniest breeding bird in North America, and the smallest long-distance bird migrant. Now, I see them regularly at the feeders as they pass through.

It was a sad day when one of the female Calliopes smacked into one of the windows and didn't recover. I put her tiny body out on the patio for the sneaky Roadrunner. She was gone that evening. I'm hoping Mr. Roadrunner ate her, and left my other birds alone for another day.

Stellula calliope