We have a new visitor to our garden this summer, a plain capped starthroat hummingbird! (That’s a picture of him at the top of the post) I knew right away it was a newcomer by the assertive way he flies and the white underside and patch on his back. It took a little while to identify him – and I was grateful for the help of some birders at BirdForum.net.
He’s a big bird, maybe even bigger than the cinnamon hummingbirds we see – about 4″. A cinnamon is below, enjoying the evening sun. All the hummingbirds love perching on those dead bouganvilla branches!
Below is another cinnamon – looks way different doesn’t it, all hunkered down like that? He was clicking like crazy every time another bird came near the feeder, but he didn’t chase them off.
The most common hummingbird in our yard is the emerald. They are tiny – about 2″ only. They zip around, fighting and chasing, and are the most common birds bathing in our courtyard fountain. I am having real problems taking decent bird pictures with my little camera, sorry about the grainy picture below.
The emeralds are so funny to watch, especially in the evening as they fill up at bedtime. Sometimes we’ll have 10 or more buzzing around and making us laugh. They love to get wet, too. I love the picture below.
We caught an emerald the other night enjoying the rain from one of those dead bougainvilla stems. You can almost hear him singing in the shower!
The final hummingbird we see in our yard is a little hermit. He is tiny and cute, I love his mask!