Monday, December 12, 2011

Anna's Hummingbird in Richmond.

Please turn and look into the light. We wish to see your magical gorget in all its wonderfulness. 
No?  
Okay. See you later.

Today there was a male Anna's Hummingbird singing his tiny lungs out in Paulik Park.  In 2008-09 and 2009-2010 one or more of these feisty fellows spent the winter in the same area (among the birches and in the large hazelnut tree behind the blueberry field).  In those years a feeder was maintained within the park.  Eventually it was stolen and hasn't been replaced. Perhaps one of the nearby houses has a feeder up, hoping to hear the mighty scritchy-scritchy call of the male Anna's all winter long.

2 comments:

biobabbler said...

So, this may be a super dumb question (but why let that get in the way of science?!?), but I'm inferring that this is unusual? Do they normally fend further south in the winter? I know they are very common in San Diego, any time.

Yes, so sad re: not getting nailed by the sun @ the right angle. Such amazing, incredibly agile jewels. And they live such a 3D existence.

Hugh said...

bb: not a dumb question. They're non-migrants, but only recently have expanded their range this far north. They are becoming more common but still are noteworthy.