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I realized that I have not featured our sweet little hummingbirds for a while. We usually have the annas and the rufous. We have not seen the rufous since early summer. We do have plenty of the annas. Here are some shots of these summer hummers in our yard.

They are quick to come and go.

Coming and going

Coming and going

Did you know that aside from nectar, the hummingbirds favorite thing to eat are ants? We stopped washing off the ants from the feeders.

Hummers and ants at the bird feeder

Hummers and ants at the bird feeder

Here is a lucky shot of an incoming hummer.

Incoming!

Incoming!

They get used to us being around, and even zoom at us to let us know that the feeder is getting low. My husband caught this shot of them sitting on my hand.

On my fingers

On my fingers

Here is a photo of a rufous from earlier

A fat Rufous Hummingbird

A fat Rufous Hummingbird

We plant flowers in our garden every year that will provide these foothill critters with nectar. We have so many in the garden this year that we have not had to fill the feeder but twice.

Well, there you have it, my summer hummers. Have a great weekend and be well… ^..^

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For today I decided that I would share with you some of the views in my garden. Most of these have been blooming for a while, which is early. This is due to the drought. I hope that you enjoy the shots. The final photo is something a bit different, but sweet!

Gallardia

Gallardia

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Clematis

Clematis

Another clematis

Another clematis

Gerboa

Gerboa

Red hot poker

Red hot poker

This last shot is not a flower, but a hummingbird. Did you know that one of their favorite foods are ants? We watch the hummers as they dart around our gravel driveway eating ants. I caught this little bird with an ant in its bill.

A hummer catches an ant

A hummer catches an ant

Well, that is it for today. I hope that you enjoyed the photos! Have a wonderful day and be well… ^..^

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I realized that I have not featured this year one of my favorite Sierra Foothill birds: The Hummingbird! We have an abundance of them here! As we sit in the evenings sharing a cocktail, they always zoom in, hover near us, and then fly off to the diner. It is as if they are saying “Thank you!” So, let us visit them having dinner at the diner!

It is really hard to capture these little guys when they are on the move!

In flight

In flight

They are very territorial birds and do not like the competition!

Competition

Competition

They dart about, chase one another off, yet they manage to all get along once at the diner!

Visiting the local diner

Visiting the local diner

Do you remember the cartoon “The Jetson’s?” Well the little guy in the front, with the feathers that to me resemble a headdress, make a sound as they fly that sounds just like the Jetson’s car! Click on this photo to really see the details in these tail feathers!

Feathers for a headdress

Feathers for a headdress

I hope that you enjoyed these lovely foothill critters! Now have a great Monday, and thank you for stopping by!

Be well! ^..^

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I realized that this whole spring/summer season I have not taken the time to share with you one of my favorite birds: The Hummingbird! We have two varieties here. One is the Anna’s and the other is Rufous.

We have more of the Anna’s variety of hummer, and here is a photo of a female.

A visitor

A visitor

Did you know that the Anna’s hummingbird was named after the Duchess of Rivoli? Her name was Anna Masséna and Rivoli is a small town in the Piedmont region of Italy near Turin!

Clapping bird

Clapping bird

The Anna’s is one of the most prevalent hummingbird in our area. It is also the noisiest! If you want to hear what this bird sounds like, here is a link to a site that has their sound recorded. You will just need to scroll down the page a short bit. The site can be reached by clicking here!

The Rufous is the more colorful hummingbird that we have here.

Incoming!

Incoming!

This hummingbird is the feistiest hummingbird! They can actually chase off the bigger hummers! For us this is a migratory bird, making its appearance in June and disappearing around October.

Pretty bird!

Pretty bird!

It sure is one pretty bird!

To hear what this bird sounds like, click here!

Here are a few more photos of our lovely visitors!

Fuzzy butt!

Fuzzy butt!

Sticking it's tongue out!

Sticking it’s tongue out!

Landing

Landing

Did you like the photos? I hope so!

Now, go and have a great Wednesday, and thank you for visiting today!

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We are constantly amazed at the activity with the hummingbirds on the back side of the property. It seems the ones in the front of the house have moved to the back feeders. We think this has to do with the coverage that the oak trees offer. These do not exist in the front as there are only the ugly duckling digger pines.

The other day, I sat and watched in amazement, the Anna hummingbirds and the newly arrived migrating Rufous hummingbirds. My husband and I sat at the back deck and watched the show. The film starts a bit slow, but it gives you an idea of why we feel like we are living with a Hive of Hummingbirds!

Life Inside the Hummingbird Beehive

I hope that you enjoy the video!  Have a great Sunday!

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This morning I woke up, grabbed a cup of coffee and the camera and headed out the back door. This was to be a morning of Breakfast at Barb’s. A breakfast with our resident Hummingbirds! Enjoy the photos!

10 Hummer’s

Breakfast in motion

Incoming!

The activity was indeed amazing!

The other sight outside, which is a treat here in the Foothills in the summer, rainclouds! Here are the remnants of Hurricane Fabio.

Remnants of Hurricane Fabio

We have had 16 large rain drops!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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What we experience here at dusk with the hummingbirds of the Sierra Foothills is so amazing! I took a video of the feeding frenzy that occurs before these little birds go to sleep for the night.

I hope that you enjoy the film!

In case you are having a hard time viewing this on WordPress, which was commented on, here is the link directly to YouTube: Birds of Paradise

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My husband did another video for you to see of the adorable hummingbirds that share our surroundings! It was requested by some of my followers to show more of this beautiful birds. Without further ado, I hope that you enjoy this video!

Allow yourself about 4 minutes to watch this short video. You will actually get to see the tongue of this tiny creature!

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As promised, here is a video of the many hummingbirds visiting our yard this year!  Click on the link and make sure that you have the sound on!

Humming with the Hummers

I hope that you enjoy the film as much as we enjoyed making it!

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An unusual title for a post, don’t you think? Today I am again featuring those little Anna Hummingbirds that are gracing our garden. Watching them is like watching a dance! They zoom in and out, and spiral around so quickly so that when I can get a good photo, I am very pleased.

A little something on the Anna’s…They are very common in the area where we live. They are no bigger than a ping pong ball and weigh about as much as the U.S. nickel. The males have an iridescent red crown while the females have a green crown.

Do we know you?

During breeding the males will zoom high up in the air above the female and then dive down over her at a speed of 27 m.p.s. creating a unique sound with his tail feathers. After mating, the female lays her eggs and tends to them all by herself.

I’m talking!

As the babies develop they too have the green crown like the female, and this changes on the males as they reach adulthood.

Flight patterns

If you want to attract hummingbirds to your yard, they love the color red! To make a nectar for them mix 1 cup of sugar to 4 cups of water and add a bit of red food dye. Do not use an artificial sweetener!

Anna’s in motion

Once they come to your yard to visit your feeder, be prepared to add to it frequently!

The dynamic duo

This year we are being visited by approximately 15 birds, and we are adding to their feeders every day!

I hope that you enjoy these little birds as much as I do. Future plans include videotaping them for you so that you can hear the unique sounds of these birds in motion!

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