Friday’s Feathered Friends-Allen’s Hummingbird Male

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While visiting Big Baby Boy and The Dark Haired Beauty earlier this month I went out early one morning to photograph the flowers that were in bloom and saw to my delight an Allen’s Hummingbird male flitting around and landing on a Bottlebrush Bush.

Going for a sip
A bit miffed and ready to fly
ByeBye!

I haven’t seen these or hardly any Hummers where I live now so this really was a treat seeing this one. Aren’t his colors wonderful.

Fun Facts: gleaned from allaboutbirds.org

  • Male and female Allen’s Hummingbirds use different habitats during the breeding season. The male sets up a territory overseeing open areas of coastal scrub or chaparral, where he perches conspicuously on exposed branches. The female visits these areas, but after mating she heads into thickets or forests to build a nest and raise the young.
  • Allen’s Hummingbirds breed in a narrow strip of habitat along coastal Oregon and California. But within their tiny range two subspecies occur. One (Selasphorus sasin sasin) migrates to a small area in Mexico for the winter while the other (S. s. sedentarius) stays put in southern California year-round.
  • The Allen’s Hummingbird is a remarkably early migrant compared with most North American birds. Northbound birds may depart their wintering grounds as early as December, arriving on their breeding grounds as early as January when winter rains produce an abundance of flowers.
  • Like other birds, Allen’s Hummingbirds use their feet to help control their body temperature. When it’s cold outside they tuck their feet up against their bellies while flying, but when temperatures soar, they let their feet dangle to cool down.
  • The oldest recorded Allen’s Hummingbird was at least 5 years 11 months old when she was captured and rereleased in California during banding operations in 2009. She was banded in the same state in 2004.~allaboutbirds.org

It’s going to be blustery and chilly here this week-end with maybe some snow and rain in the mountains so, I’ll be near home this week-end. I hope you have something fun planned!

Fuji X-T3| Fuji 100-400mm Lens| PS CC 23.2.2

more to come…

49 thoughts on “Friday’s Feathered Friends-Allen’s Hummingbird Male

  1. Hi Deborah, aren’t hummingbirds amazing?! I have been watching Rufous hummers at the lake which I think is similar to the Allen’s Hummingbird. The Rufous hummer has a copper colored head and is not very big in size. May seems to be mating season and we see a lot of them. They are always a joy to watch!

  2. Wow, very impressive, Deborah. We get some hummingbirds regularly around our house. Wishing I had your photography skills!

  3. How good you had your camera for this stunning photo shoot!
    It I hard to capture hummingbirds ((IMO) and so I really appreciate these – esp the bye-bye one
    ☀️😊

  4. What a wonderful find Deborah. I like to get out early also when visiting family in their different locations, you never know what gifts you may be granted.

  5. Deborah, your photos are always excellent, but these photos are exceptional. I would give you an A++ or a 15 on a scale of 1-10. I’ve had a hummingbird feeder out for a couple of weeks with no visitors so these photos made my day.

    1. Thank you so much, Judy for that wonderful compliment! 🥰 I’m hoping my neighbors trumpet plant draws in the Anna’s this year. I didn’t see it last year at all so, I was happy to see this one when visiting my son.

      1. That could be the Oriole, Deborah. I’m far from an ornithologist, but perhaps this is the most colourful bird over here, and… wait… the kingfisher is also a candidate. The male pheasant perhaps…

    1. Thank you so much, John! I don’t see them here. I used to head over to Santa Cruz annually to see them. They’d winter there so it was really nice to see this one while in SoCAL.

  6. Fascinating! Love your photos (as always) and reading about the hummingbird. There are a lot of hummingbirds at my new abode on Vancouver Island and I see them even in the depths of our winter (mildest in Canada). They are truly small but mighty!

    Deb

  7. These photos are absolutely stunning, Deborah. I know how fast these little guys move, and how reluctant they are to stay in or near one place. You certainly took your A-Game with you that day.

    I can’t pick as favorite – they all are amazing to me.

    I hope you have a wonderful long weekend (I know, we’re retired, but still – enjoy)!

  8. Your first picture struck me as a bit strange because the hummingbird was standing on something. In almost all the hummingbird pictures I see, the hummingbird is hovering. It seems that people take a lot more pictures of them hovering because it’s something few birds can do.

    1. Ah yes, the in-flight/hover shot. I’ve been fortunate and have some of those images myself but, not of this one. This one was happy to be perched when not flitting from one branch to another.

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