We put up a hummingbird feeder a couple of weeks ago. I had been hearing hummingbirds calling all around our apartment, I had even seen a few whiz by, but I hadn’t really seen any up close. I filled the feeder with the sugar solution that is recommended to attract hummingbirds, and hoped that maybe one or two would come once in a long while so I could better look at them.

This morning, I sat at our kitchen table reading and looking up at the hummingbird feeder. There was at least one hummingbird there every five minutes. A couple of times, two of them came at the same time, and then one would chase the other away — even though there’s room for three hummingbirds to feed at the feeder, they apparently don’t like to share.

Although it’s hard to see the hummingbirds clearly enough to identify them because the light comes from behind them, the ones I could identify clearly have all been Anna’s Hummingbirds (Calypte anna). I’ve seen at least one female and at least one male. Anna’s Hummingbirds are supposed to be year-round residents in this part of the world, so with luck we’ll have hummingbirds visiting our feeder all year long.

2 thoughts on “Hummingbirds

  1. Sarah Millspaugh

    Great to hear you’ve discovered this wonderful aspect of living in California. We had a hummingbird feeder for our whole three years in CA, and two years of the three, female Anna’s built nests and laid eggs on our patios! Perhaps you’ll get that lucky in the spring. When we moved to Mass last year we put out a hummingbird feeder and attracted nothing but bugs! I have seen the occasional hummingbird in MA–just nothing like CA.

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