Monday, February 13, 2012

Hummingbird love

The hummingbirds were back again this afternoon, this time in the front yard while I was working on the new bulb bed.  They came buzzing into the yard, the female landed in the Anna apple tree and the male darted around her flashing his iridescent red throat.  He climbed up to about 40 feet, then hovered while calling out to her to get her attention, then climbed to 80' - 100' and came down in a steep dive right at the tree, pulling up at the same level she was at, then repeated the whole process.  A couple of times he decided to land, once on my son's car antenna, once on the front fence, once on the grape trellis and several times on the satellite dish.  I hurried into the house and managed to get one picture of him before they both left.  A little research determined that it was a pair of Anna's Hummingbirds (Calypte anna) and it was a mating ritual; hope it worked and they decide to build a nest in one of my trees.  How appropriate that they should use an Anna apple tree to stage their display.

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