An Anna’s Hummingbird in a Pear Tree!

How about a song about the 12 days of spring? This sweet bird should lead it off! Check out the  colors of this very beautiful female Anna’s hummingbird! I got a late start this morning and looked outside my window to my backyard. Lo and behold, I saw this one lone Anna’s hummingbird on my 3-in-1 pear tree. Perhaps it was attracted to the pink blossoms on the tree. Or maybe it just wanted to take a breather!

Fortunately, I was able to look at it from the front before it changed positions and to determine which bird it was. With regard to bird identification, the back side is green. It’s not easy to see but the tips of the tail feathers are white. The front was a pale gray, with red spots on its throat, versus a  red-colored head of the male. It was there for about 30 seconds and then it flew off to delight other gardens, I’m sure!

A lot more information about this beautiful bird, including video and sounds, can be found here: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Annas_Hummingbird/id

CONSUMER ALERT UPDATE:  Pear seeds are highly toxic if ingested.  More information on toxic plants can be found here:

http://www.calpoison.org/hcp/KNOW%20YOUR%20PLANTS-plant%20list%20for%20CPCS%2009B.pdf

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