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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Hummingbird migration

Migration is in full swing. Here's a handsome Allen's Hummingbird at our feeders in Alpine.

Adult male Allen's

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Banding Leucistic hummer

Kelly Bryan, a licensed bander, banded the leucistic female Black-chinned (see August 3 posting). He figures it's less than a month out of the nest.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Hummer with personality

I tend to anthropomorphize my hummers. Here's a young Lucifer that is obviously confused. That's because I kept re-arranging the feeders all day, partly due to banding activity, but mostly because I was trying to get a better photo of the leucistic hummer, and when the lighting changed I re-arranged feeders. so now this young male appears to be trying to figure out where I moved the dang feeder to this time.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Albino (leucistic) hummingbird today

It's apparently a female Black-chinned Hummingbird

Here her dark roots are showing.

This last shot is included just for size comparison with a normal female Black-chinned.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Pre-oasis photo

I came across this photo while looking for something else. This was the oasis's humble origin. Photo taken about 30 years ago, and yes, that's me. The only thing recognizable is the mountain in the background. If I took a photo today from the exact spot this one was taken  you wouldn't be able to see the mountain for the trees.

Here is a photo looking in the same direction as my original garden, only taken from farther away. This photo taken in May of this year.