Nature Notes: Hummingbird and Frost

Nature Notes: Hummingbird and Frost

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Hummingbirds are one of my all-time favorite animals.

Over the past year and a half, thanks to my regularly refilling of the hummingbird feeder, they like me too, treating me to frequent visits to the backyard.

This may not be surprising because according to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, hummingbirds of both genders are highly territorial.

Winter may be cold, but the hummers are still out and about, protecting their little corners of the desert.

Yesterday, I walked out into the backyard and found this one in the mesquite tree.

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A striking profile, wouldn’t you say?

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They are always on the lookout, almost like owls with their heads on swivels. Looks a bit cold – all puffed up!

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I believe this is a Costa’s hummingbird, given its squat proportions.

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This is likely an immature male from looking at the chin. You can see his adult feathers are beginning to grow in.

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Here is what an adult Costa’s male looks like:

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I can see you!

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Our photoshoot ended when the young hummer dived after another hummingbird who was audacious enough to enter his territory.

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Did you know that hummingbirds can clock speeds of over 60 mph during their dives!

(Source: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum)

With the hummer gone, I turned my Sony a390 (previously blogged about here) to my wintry garden.

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My Gomphrena globosa (globe amaranth) and Gazania look quite poetic covered in frost.

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Lantana looking frosty! Brrr…

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Frost-covered rosemary embodies the spirit of December, doesn’t it?

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