My Buddies are Back!

I have spent the last few years learning as much as I can about Hummingbirds. They are fascinating to watch and provide all the entertainment we need in our backyard every summer. I have the schedule down now. The Anna’s and Black-chinned show up the first week of May here. They may be around earlier but that is the earliest I have seen them. We put out the feeders at this time.  We carefully tend those making sure they are clean and fungus free changing the water often. The little birds seem to really need it this week as we have had very cold weather and it may snow tonight. They have been visiting often.

In mid-July we get hordes of rampaging Rufous Hummingbirds. They fight over the flowers and feeders non-stop. I don’t see many of the other types once the Rufous take over. I replaced many of my shrubs and perennials with plants that attract Hummingbirds last fall and I am anxiously awaiting bloom and boom time with the hummers.

I took these photos using my new blind which works quite nicely in the backyard. I set it up draped over my tripod near this birds favorite perch for several hours and then ducked under it late this afternoon. It did not seem to care or notice me in it.

46 thoughts on “My Buddies are Back!

  1. I love Hummingbirds! This is my first spring/summer here in the desert and I have been pleasantly surprised at the number of “Hummers” in my neighborhood. They flit in and out of the trees and I saw one resting on a branch! I had never seen one still for so long.

    1. I love them too. One of the many things I have learned about them is that they do sit on perches for a long time. Thanks for visiting and looking and may you enjoy many visits with Hummers this summer. 🙂

  2. These images are simply beautiful – great camera work! I am always reminded of my favourite quote from Papyrus when I see these little wisps of perfection in the bird world:
    Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. Hummingbirds open our eyes to the wonder of the world and inspire us to open our hearts to loved ones and friends. Like a hummingbird, we aspire to hover and to savor each moment as it passes, embrace all that life has to offer and to celebrate the joy of everyday. The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation.

  3. Gorgeous photos! I just saw my first hummingbird yesterday. They go crazy for the trumpet vines outside, and they’ll often swoop from one plant to the other, sometimes hovering within a foot of your head. They sound like miniature jets buzzing past. Looking forward to seeing more as summer unfolds.

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