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Anna's Hummingbird (female and young)

Calypte anna

Habitat:

In a small ornamental tree.

Notes:

Found in Lompoc, CA while visiting family. First photo by father, second by me.

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34 Comments (1–25)

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

I would like to invite you to post your spottings of hummingbirds in the new mission for Hummingbirds of the New World:
http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1244...
:-)

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 7 years ago

lovely find :)

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 7 years ago

Thank you so much António! I've had so many wonderful adventures here at Project Noah, and I've met so many wonderful people. I'm elated to be part of such a lovely community.

Jakubko welcome to Project Noah, beautiful first spotting,ops sorry :-)
J my friend amazing 2 years,congrats and thanks for sharing with us your spectacular spotting page and your allready enormous knowledge,our Mooth super specialist

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Thanks again Braulio! Thank you for the awesome information and discussion, Karen and Lauren! I had no idea they were so territorial! They look like gentle little birds! That's interesting about the hummingbird feeders. I definitely agree with Lauren's point that foods put in hummingbird feeders will never match their natural sources. Though, I also agree with Karen's point that they may only become dependent in some places, perhaps because they love a certain food source the blooms differently than the ever-present hummingbird feeder. Interesting discussion, Lauren and Karen! Thanks for the information!

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 8 years ago

That may be valid in some places. I assure you that here, the hummingbirds will go for long stretches of never coming near my feeders: mostly during the summer when the blackberries are in bloom

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 8 years ago

I had a hummingbird feeder for several years and they are very territorial and fight and chase away other hummingbirds. I also found that they became so dependent on the feeders that they stopped foraging among flowers as they should. Both the birds and the flowers need their natural behavior. It is wonderful to watch them and see them up close, but it is not good for them in the long run. None of the hummingbird food sources will ever match the nectar combinations that they should receive in nature.

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 8 years ago

They are highly territorial, especially regarding food sources. Generally speaking, the more feeders you have, the more birds you have. However, there was one place in Belize that had two feeders and hundreds of birds...

Ok J!
It was a pleasure to help you!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

That's really interesting. I didn't know hummingbirds fought. Thanks for the information, Karen!

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 8 years ago

I've heard of ruby throats doing the same with early/late snows. We've decided it's time to buy another feeder so we have more hummers and fewer wars

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

That's fantastic, Karen! I can't believe such tropical birds could survive such a freeze. Good luck with the Rufous Hummingbirds! :)

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 8 years ago

It amazes me every time we have snow or a hard freeze, just how well they survive. There is usually a week or two when I have to pull the feeders before bed and wake before the sun(not hard to do in December) to put them back out. I'm expecting the rufous hummingbirds to arrive any day now and then the fights begin!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Thanks for the link, Braulio! I'll wait and see if the mission gets its range extended before I add spottings to the mission.

Ok! I´ll try.
http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8533...
It seems that this mission is for the NE zone of USA, but, if you want to...
:]

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Thank you very much Karen, Mayra, and Braulio!
Karen, that must be beautiful to see them in the snow! Braulio, I like the chicks too. :) You said that very well. Beautifully worded. Could you give me the link to that mission? I cannot seem to find it.

Oh! So cute! Sincerely, I love the chicks, specialy after the dissapear of the young Doves on my neighbor´s tree. It was just like a kind of... familiarity... Did i say that right? In every case it´s an awesome spotting! U should put it on the mission: Moms with her babies!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

So lovely!

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 8 years ago

Wonderful shot! My favorite hummingbirds and I often see them coming to my feeder on snowy winter days, in deep freezes and all kinds of weather. INtrepid little guys that moved north and stayed

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Thank you, Lauren!

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 8 years ago

This was a wonderful find!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Thanks so much, Reza!

This is an awesome spotting....I have never seen a Hummingbird chick and this little guy is awesome :)

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Thank you, Laura and Vitthal! I was quite excited, especially with the second photo! The chick looks so adorable! Thanks again for your nice comments!

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 9 years ago

Great spotting, J!! This is a lovely, uncommon pic of a hummingbird in their nest with chicks! So cute :)

Jacob Gorneau
Spotted by
Jacob Gorneau

Lompoc, California, USA

Spotted on Jul 3, 2010
Submitted on Jan 21, 2012

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