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Hummm!

25 Dec 2018
Windy 10°C / 50°F

Everyone said: “There are no hummingbirds here in the middle of winter.”

Nevertheless, I persisted. Voila: the hummer. I was thrilled. She visited 4 times in less than an hour. At the last, it was almost dark. We’ve had some weather, so I wonder if she came in with the north wind. My best guess is a female Anna’s or black-chinned.

When I did an eBird checklist on it, eBird said it was rare for this time of year and asked me to add details to my report.


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This bird keeps coming back, though it has moved to the front porch feeders, probably because my cat tried to do a full-body tackle through the window a couple of days ago. I’ve seen it close enough, and gotten some good photos…enough to ID it as a female or immature Calliope hummingbird.

Posted on 31 Dec 18 (8 months ago)

A wonderful sight. I love to see birds in the garden. We don’t have hummingbird’s in Australia, but I think they are beautiful from photos I have seen. It must be amazing to see one close up hovering at a flower.

I have flocks of Crimson Finches come down to my verandah. I have a number of pots lined up under the verandah railing, most waiting to be planted out when I have the time, energy and the climate permits. It is summer here and I’m up north in the tropics, so it is extremely hot. I fixed an irrigation polytube along the centre railing of the verandah to keep the plants watered for times when we were away and set it to automatically water at 5.30pm each day. Each pot is sitting in a saucer that holds water, and just lately I’ve noticed that the Crimson Finches have discovered these. They fly in and have a lovely cooling bath in the heat of the day. I hear and see them flapping their little wings and splashing about in the water.

Posted on 08 Jan 19 (7 months ago)

Carol, I looked up Crimson Finch. A whole flock must be spectatular.

Posted on 20 Jan 19 (7 months ago)

Ves, yes whole flocks are quite spectacular. I’m fortunate to live in a remote and well under-populated area of the north of Queensland. While there are cane farms along the narrow coastal strip, wilderness is just beyond in all directions, and with that comes rampant wildlife, from snakes to crocodiles to some of the most spectacular birds imaginable. I’ve actually seen brolgas in the harvested canefield across from my house. When the cane is harvested there will be a swarm of birdlife travelling in the wake of the harvester, catching all the disturbed insects and reptiles. I never get tired of looking at and listening to the birds. My days are filled with the sound of bird calls from dawn to dusk. Then there are the night birds, including the mournful cry of the thick-knees. If you’ve ever heard an eerie bird call behind a horror movie, that’s what the thick-knee sounds like. You will find them in eBird (I looked up and joined eBird after reading your journal) listed as Bush Stone-curlew, that is the old name given to them, it’s been changed to Thick-knee in more recent years.

Enjoy your hummingbird. That is one that we don’t get.

Posted on 22 Jan 19 (7 months ago)

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Amargosa Valley

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