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Hummingbirds on Holiday
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Posted By: Bob Harris, 12-20-2011, 10:56 PM

Most of these lovely birds have gone south, many as far as Mexico and South America. This group decided that why go that far when you can relax and live the life of luxury of Palm Springs with its many pools and flowers at every corner. Here are a few photos of them relaxing at our campground, where we of course maintain a feeder for them, so they don't have to travel too far.

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Great shots.
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Wow, these are colorful ones, Bob. I haven't seen any around here lately, although a recent local paper article mentioned that some of these little jokers remain here during the winter.

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Wonderful series, Bob! I love hummingbirds. Do yours fight over the feeder? Mine do, they even go as far as scraping each other up pretty good.

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Wonderful series, Bob! I love hummingbirds. Do yours fight over the feeder? Mine do, they even go as far as scraping each other up pretty good.
Lori, there seems to always be one dominate bird that sticks around the feeder, guarding "His" treasure. These little guys are like junk yard dogs, fighting with each other. It seems like the ones that dominate, spend more time chasing the other birds away than feeding. Here is a link to species ID, scroll about 1/3 down and you can choose from 8 different birds.
Black-chinned Hummingbird, Identification, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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Lori, there seems to always be one dominate bird that sticks around the feeder, guarding "His" treasure. These little guys are like junk yard dogs, fighting with each other. It seems like the one that is dominate, spends more time chasing the other birds away than feeding. Here is a link to species ID, scroll about 1/3 down and you can choose from 8 different birds.http:
//www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/black-chinned_hummingbird/id/ac
Thank you for the link! Good info. We have ruby throated hummies here. That's it. It's funny how the species behave so similarly!
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Wow, these are colorful ones, Bob. I haven't seen any around here lately, although a recent local paper article mentioned that some of these little jokers remain here during the winter.

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Jer, thanks for taking a look, you get so many of these guys during the migration period and I am sure some do stay. Keep that feeder out and an eye open and you may be surprised how many are there. Take care...
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Great shots.
thank you for the kind words.

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The first two could be Anna's (Calypte anna) or Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae). The last one is definitely an Anna's.
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The first two could be Anna's (Calypte anna) or Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae). The last one is definitely an Anna's.
thank you Pete for helping to identify.
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Hi Bob,

The last one is definitely a male Anna. The one above is most likely a female Anna.

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