Anna's Hummingbirds overwinter here, in increasing numbers as gardens flourish, bird-watchers provide (and maintain) nectar feeders, and winters become warmer. This is a relatively recent phenomenon. I saw these birds often when I lived in California, the centre of their breeding range. The ones we see through the fall and winter here are post-breeding dispersers (probably; no one really knows what they're up to). There are very few records of Anna's Hummingbirds breeding in the province. Our common species is the migrant Rufous Hummingbird, which is here from March to late July.
It was quite windy and the bird was bouncing around. I took about 60 pictures, hand-held, standing in a patch of Himalayan blackberry that attacked me every time I shifted. And then, unbeknownst to me, a Yellow-jacket landed on the lens and stung me when I reached to focus. I tried to swat it and the blackberries got me again. Double-teamed by nature's nasties.
But I like these three best pictures, including the framing effect of the swirling leaves.
See also November 15, 2008.