When I looked out the window today I saw red!
Brilliant, bright, shiny red!
He looked like a red traffic signal!
So I stopped what I was doing and ran outside with my camera.
This male Anna’s hummingbird (and several others) have taken a liking to my garden this winter.
Earlier this winter I put out a couple of feeders which now result in daily visits.
This particular guy loves sitting up in the plum tree to keep an eye on everything.
He’s been chattering and showing off his brilliant plumage for at least a week.
Every time I come outside he flies over and chatters right in front of my face.
Today though he was busy sticking out his tongue and licking his beak.
I’ve seen hummers bore into unopened flower buds during summer many times,
but never before have I seen them drill into the tiny plum tree flower buds.
He leisurely took a few sips of nectar …
… and then noisily flew to another branch.
He made such a racket that even the deer took a look at the happenings.
Isn’t he gorgeous?
Look how his colors change as he moves around in the light.
Finally, he turned away ready for take-off.
While Mr. Hummingbird was showing off he completely missed this potential mate at the feeder!
Wouldn’t it be amazing if they build a nest nearby?