Hummingbirds

July 2014

Slideshow July 30, 2014

Funky Nests and BirdSpotter Hummingbird Highlights

Each year citizen scientists submit wonderful photos to one of our many photo contests. Celebrate Urban Birds holds a yearly Funky Nests in Funky Places contest where people submit the odd and funny places where birds choose to sometimes nest. Project FeederWatch’s BirdSpotter contest presented by Bob’s Red Mill asks people like you to submit photos from a weekly category. Below we’ve picked out some of the best hummingbird photos submitted to these two contests. Enjoy!

  • Walter Nussbaumer of Bull River, British Columbia photographed this dapper male Calliope Hummingbird showing off to a lady friend.

    Walter Nussbaumer of Bull River, British Columbia photographed this dapper male Calliope Hummingbird showing off to a lady friend.

  • Lew Harford of Charlotte, NC froze this striking male Ruby-throated Hummingbird in mid-flight.

    Lew Harford of Charlotte, NC froze this striking male Ruby-throated Hummingbird in mid-flight.

  • Tony Tubbs of Trabuco Canyon, CA had to stop playing basketball while this mother Black-chinned Hummingbird made her home on the net of a basketball hoop.

    Tony Tubbs of Trabuco Canyon, CA had to stop playing basketball while this mother Black-chinned Hummingbird made her home on the net of a basketball hoop.

  • This interesting angle of a Calliope Hummingbird was taken by Christine Haines of Spokane, WA.

    This interesting angle of a Calliope Hummingbird was taken by Christine Haines of Spokane, WA.

  • Helena Reynolds captured this photo of an Ruby-throated Hummingbird giving itself a bath on a leaf in Ventress, LA.

    Helena Reynolds captured this photo of an Ruby-throated Hummingbird giving itself a bath on a leaf in Ventress, LA.

  • Leslie Tucci of San Vito, Puntarenas, Costa Rica photographed this Long-billed Starthroat on a nest up high on shoes hanging from cables in the middle of a busy street.

    Leslie Tucci of San Vito, Puntarenas, Costa Rica photographed this Long-billed Starthroat on a nest up high on shoes hanging from cables in the middle of a busy street.

  • Judith Blakeley of Cape St Mary's, Newfoundland captured this photo of an Anna’s Hummingbird.

    Judith Blakeley of Cape St Mary’s, Newfoundland captured this photo of an Anna’s Hummingbird.

  • Susan Taylor Brown of Santa Cruz, CA captured an Anna’s Hummingbird eyeing up a fellow nectar competitor.

    Susan Taylor Brown of Santa Cruz, CA captured an Anna’s Hummingbird eyeing up a fellow nectar competitor.

  • Larry Tolleson of Hurst, TX had hummingbirds make a poolside nest on some outdoor lights.

    Larry Tolleson of Hurst, TX had hummingbirds make a poolside nest on some outdoor lights.

  • Mark Fuller of El Jebel, CO artistically captured these Broad-tailed Hummingbirds “dancing” near his feeders.

    Mark Fuller of El Jebel, CO artistically captured these Broad-tailed Hummingbirds “dancing” near his feeders.

  • Lori Piper submitted this hummer making a home on a Northern Cardinal decoration.

    Lori Piper submitted this hummer making a home on a Northern Cardinal decoration.

  • Meryle Ardagh submitted this photo of a hummingbird nesting on top of a cactus in Palm Springs.

    Meryle Ardagh submitted this photo of a hummingbird nesting on top of a cactus in Palm Springs.

  • Jeff Manser photographed this female Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Minden, Ontario.

    Jeff Manser photographed this female Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Minden, Ontario.

  • Pat Izzo of Sedona, AZ found these dizzy juvenile hummingbirds in a nest built on a spinning wind chime.

    Pat Izzo of Sedona, AZ found these dizzy juvenile hummingbirds in a nest built on a spinning wind chime.

  • Thomas Eder of San Diego, CA captured this photo of juvenile Anna’s Hummingbirds that were raised in a nest in a hanging plant next to his house.

    Thomas Eder of San Diego, CA captured this photo of juvenile Anna’s Hummingbirds that were raised in a nest in a hanging plant next to his house.

  • Vicki Miller of Kelseyville, CA is lucky enough to have hummingbirds visiting her solar-powered fountains daily. She grabbed this great photo of  a female Anna’s Hummingbird giving itself a cool down.

    Vicki Miller of Kelseyville, CA is lucky enough to have hummingbirds visiting her solar-powered fountains daily. She grabbed this great photo of a female Anna’s Hummingbird giving itself a cool down.

  • Home is where the heart is for these Anna’s Hummingbirds that Anthony Gliozzo found in Suan Juan Capistrano, CA.

    Home is where the heart is for these Anna’s Hummingbirds that Anthony Gliozzo found in Suan Juan Capistrano, CA.

  • Maggie MacDonald of Scotts Mills, OR photographed this Anna’s Hummingbird in her yard on a cold winter day. She noted that every day, no matter what the weather, this bird would sit in the same spot in a tree and guard the feeders.

    Maggie MacDonald of Scotts Mills, OR photographed this Anna’s Hummingbird in her yard on a cold winter day. She noted that every day, no matter what the weather, this bird would sit in the same spot in a tree and guard the feeders.

  • Paul Marto found this Anna’s Hummingbird sitting on her nest on a busy trail at the Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach, CA.

    Paul Marto found this Anna’s Hummingbird sitting on her nest on a busy trail at the Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach, CA.

  • Doris Evans noticed an agitated Costa’s Hummingbird hovering around her patio pillars at her home in Tucson, AZ. Sure enough, the hummingbird was trying to tell two immature Western Screech-Owls to move along.

    Doris Evans noticed an agitated Costa’s Hummingbird hovering around her patio pillars at her home in Tucson, AZ. Sure enough, the hummingbird was trying to tell two immature Western Screech-Owls to move along.

  • Richard Garrett took this photo of an Anna's Hummingbird nesting on a string of patio lights.

    Richard Garrett took this photo of an Anna’s Hummingbird nesting on a string of patio lights.

  • Kris McCurry of Philo, CA photographed this Anna’s Hummingbird feeding at a towering flower.

    Kris McCurry of Philo, CA photographed this Anna’s Hummingbird feeding at a towering flower.

  • Adam Reiter of San Diego, CA got this great freeze frame of an Anna’s Hummingbird in his yard.

    Adam Reiter of San Diego, CA got this great freeze frame of an Anna’s Hummingbird in his yard.

  • Rose Tanner of Rancho Mirage, CA had this Anna’s Hummingbird build her nest on some hanging wires.

    Rose Tanner of Rancho Mirage, CA had this Anna’s Hummingbird build her nest on some hanging wires.

  • Nell J. captured this Broad-tailed Hummingbird silhouetted against a rainbow after a storm in Coal Creek, CO.

    Nell J. captured this Broad-tailed Hummingbird silhouetted against a rainbow after a storm in Coal Creek, CO.

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11 Comments

  1. Daryl Scherkenbach says:

    I noticed on your range map for Rufous hummingbird that it does not include the Kenai Peninsula in AK. I have had hummingbirds here for many years. I used to put our a feeder for them but do not any longer. Other people in town here (Seldovia) do now. They return here between the last week of April to the first 10 days of May depending on the year. Most commonly the first week of May, males first usually. I have seen Rufous here on the Kenai in many locations from here to Seward while out hiking or fishing. These are not isolated incidents. The birds summer here every year and have for over a decade in my observation.

    • Do you also know that there are a pair–now family of Merlins nesting on hill just past Seldovia Native building who have really taken a tole on swallows and possibly hummers this summer??!!

  2. Linda Rommelaere says:

    I just had the pleasure of observing a beautiful Ruby-Throated Hummingbird fly in for a feeding at my feeder! They sure are quick little birds! Must be very hard to photograph these little speedsters!

  3. claudia b wolfe says:

    I’m in South Central CO and we have LOADS of those breath taking Calliope hummers this year – thrilling

  4. Lynn Starner says:

    Very cool shot by Walter Nussbaumer!

  5. Hugh Lloyd says:

    Loved the photos. Not to be too exacting but the range charts belie the geography of the photo captions.
    Ruby throateded hummers supposedly only occupy territory in the east and no other species occur there.
    Example:—
    1 Ventress LA shows a ruby throated in CA . Is this a vagrant off track
    2 St Marys Newfoundland depicts an Anna —-this little guy is truly off track on the wrong side of the continent.

    Very interesting data on these enticing little creatures. Above comments made light heartedly.

  6. Julie Kenyon says:

    Our humming-bird population in San Diego, CA. is amazing this year. We have mostly Anna’s and Rufous. I make 2 gallons of nectar every three days for my 5 feeders!

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  8. Frances Stone says:

    Hats off to Walter and all of the photographers of this slideshow. Eye-candy!

  9. David says:

    My thoughts re/diversity of hummers: Adaptive radiation northward, east and west accompanying landscape and habitat changes driven by mountain building in the western US during the Cenozoic. Followed by further fine tuning driven by recession and re-radiation of max continental and mountain glaciation during the Holocene.

  10. Janie says:

    Occasionally I had seen Ruby Throat Hummingbirds and others eating and resting at my feeder for several minutes every day. Loved watching them and feeding them. However, squirrels keep tipping the feeders to drain the nectar so I had to stop feeding them. The ants and bees became a problem. Have nowhere else to place it. There are many trees here. I had the feeder on a bracket attached to the fence.

    Janie

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