Allen’s Hummingbird, Caught on Camera!

This avian gem has long eluded my camera, until now! In the past few weeks, I have seen at least one male Allen’s hummingbird enjoying my fruit trees very much, perched for at least a minute each time on the many slender branches. But just as I got the camera ready, it was gone.

Within the last half-hour, I spotted this mercurial fellow  perched upon one of my tomato cages.

The image is a bit blurry, but if you click on it for a larger view, check out the reddish gorget, white beneath that, and rufous further below that. Thank goodness my digital camera was handy!

One of the really wonderful outcomes from keeping a somewhat unkempt backyard garden is that it creates great opportunities to observe the many visitors to my garden. My current batch of tomato plants have been exhausted, but I decided to keep the cages standing where they were. Had they been removed, I might not have had the lucky chance to finally capture this truly lovely bird on camera.

Likewise, a small patch of weeds earlier this year (which I have since removed) was allowed to grow a bit tall, and it, unexpectedly, drew the interest and multiple visits from finches, sparrows, and even Western bluebirds, which I had never seen in my garden before!

So, it seems that many interesting creatures (and especially birds and insects) are “in the area” but looking for the right circumstances to take a chance and visit someone’s garden. Why not consider creating a small paradise in your garden to attract some of these area visitors? The paradise can be temporary but it will create an incredible number of opportunities to see birds, insects, and other critters that you may not have even known live in your neighborhood.

Nature lovers, if you enjoy watching creatures in action but have not the time to go out on a nature excursion,  this is a relatively easy way to make it happen!


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