Hummingbird migration is upon us. For those of us on the gulf coast, our first hummers should arrive either at the end of February or early March. So dust off your feeders - I put my feeders up today. We have had such a mild winter that some perennials are still blooming. My blooming hummingbird inventory includes lantana, various citrus, bottlebrush and red salvia. Attached are two pictures from last fall - a juvie male with his gorget beginning to show and a funny shot of a hummer tongue.
It is Hummer time!
Cute photos gazergirl. Sounds like you have a great variety of plants to attract the hummers.
Another adult male Rufous showed up, but the boss bird keeps running him off before I can get his pic.
Adel, those little jewels are adorable. I'd like to be where you are. No hummer here yet for us. Bit chilly still.
How do you get these marvelous shots ??
A really great zoome or were you extremely close ? ?
Combination of both.....I sit on the porch about six feet from the feeder and shoot with a fairly wide lens and then crop.
Just so those in our region can celebrate with me. I saw my very first Ruby-throat hummingbird today. A male, he was dodging a bee to get to the nectar. I was glad that I anticipated their arrival, thus have put out the nectar. Good thing I did because my honeysuckle are forming flowers, but they're not fully open for the birds yet. I'll find time to report this occurrence on Journey South. But my buddies here in DG are the first to know. :))
Nice photos gazergirl
Enjoyed the photos adelbertcat and congrats on getting them in!
Lily_love, Congrtas on the new arrival!! ~ All thats blooming here is my evergreen climatis ( Tons of blooms though!) Phlox and Iris, do have my feeders out, Sure Hope to see one soon! Had them in on April 4th last year.
1st male rubythroat showed up at the kitchen feeder today. About a week later that last year. He won't be staying, just passing through. I don't get the ones who nest here until late June, early July.
I am embarrassed that I started this thread, and haven't returned to comment. Adelbertcat, that is a gorgeous Rufous. I have personally only seen Ruby Throats. My first Hummer arrived on 3/26, fully a month after the first was reported on the gulf coast, on the hummingbird.net website. I was very impatient and it was a long month. But I now have several residents, one very fat female hogging the front feeder, a male claiming the bottlebrush in the back, and various others who are trying to get lucky. I have to say that the fat female, who I thought might be pregnant, is not around today. Perhaps she is incubating :-).
Oh mine, Ruby Throat hummingbird's incubating? Congratulations go to you gazergirl. Welcome back to the thread. A male RBT hummer just buzzed me a little bit ago in the garden. Hope he will become "resident" for other blooming flowers are strutting their stuffs. Oh bottlebrush in the back? I just planted a few young bottlebrush plants, it will be a while before they will bloom. gazergirl, how big should the plant gets before it starts to flower please.
Love those pics. hummingbird in the rain and the new leaves unfurling. Spring is finally here folks.
I recently visited the Hummer House in Christoval TX (south of San Angelo). This was my third visit, but the first time to be there when they were banding hummers. The area is a natural oasis on the Concho River and has a huge variety of birds including painted buntings and summer tanagers, but they have the states largest breeding population of black chinned hummingbirds. It was a great experience getting to see the birds up close.