Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Three hummingbirds, Saltspring Island
One of the great pleasures of lounging on my parents' deck on Saltspring Island is watching the hummingbirds come and go. By July, most of the ones we see are juveniles and females. They spend a lot of time chasing each other, but once in a while, hunger overcomes the need for territorial protection, and they gather together. These three hatched this year. The middle one is an Anna's hummingbird, a species which, these days, stays in the area all year. The other two are rufous hummingbirds. They'll soon be gone, first to the mountains, in search of flower nectar, and then to their wintering grounds in Mexico and South Texas.