Buzzin’ around the backyard

9 Jun

Anna's Hummingbird

Anna’s Hummingbird — male

Our normal Hummingbirds are the Anna’s Hummingbirds.  They live here year round.  They are fiesty and cute and very dedicated to my feeders!  When you get birds coming regularly to the feeder, you get used to them — their size, shape, coloring.  So when you see something different, it stands out . . .

Allen's Hummingbird

Same male Allen's

Allen’s Hummingbird — male

 . . . like this male Allen’s Hummingbird.  He is smaller with very different coloring — green and orangey-brown and white.  I’m fairly sure I saw the female today as well.  I love having two different Hummers at my feeders.  I’d been seeing this guy out of the corner of my eye for a week or so but finally got a clear picture.

And a bit of good news . . .

Purple Finch - female

Female Purple Finch with no conjunctivitis

I haven’t seen the female with the eye problems again but this little girl is a regularly visitor now.  She’s a bit skittish but persistent.  I am also still seeing the Black-headed Grosbeak but he is very difficult to get a good picture of as he is extremely skittish.  Wow!


6 Responses to “Buzzin’ around the backyard”

  1. Pam 9 June, 2007 at 2:40 pm #

    Your hummingbird is so sweet, I love seeing him. I’m glad the Female Purple Finch doesn’t have conjunctivitis. I’m sure you’ll get the Black Headed Grosbeak photo!

  2. Mary 9 June, 2007 at 4:52 pm #


    I was just reading about the Allen’s hummingbird and I thought of you right away. And now you show him! How cool. I understand about having an eye for something different. My eye is getting sharp, too.

    I’m glad to know your finch is OK.

  3. Mary 9 June, 2007 at 4:53 pm #

    By the way, I really like your new look. I can read what I’m typing now, too.

  4. jayne 10 June, 2007 at 3:44 am #

    Beautiful hummers Liza! We only have the Ruby Throated here, so it’s a treat to see yours. Can’t wait to see that Grosbeak!

  5. robin andrea 10 June, 2007 at 6:19 am #

    I’m so glad you posted these photos of your two hummers. We have been seeing new hummingbirds at our feeders and have been unable to identify them. We’ve always had Rufous hummers in the summer, but that was all. This year we seem to have two other species, and I think you’ve just identified them for us! You do have a GREAT eye for details.

  6. Denise 12 June, 2007 at 12:54 pm #


    Incredible! These hummers are just beautiful. How awesome too that they are attracted to your yard and that you are gifted with their presence. I love, love you blog with all the wild life photos. It is wonderful

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