|Broad-billed Hummingbird Male|
While I was doing my 85 minute sit, I was shocked by all the blue birds around me. Many times, I hear people asking, "Why are our birds in North America so drab and brown?" I suppose when compared to our tropical neighbors, the birds tend to be more brown. But I wouldn't say drab. Perhaps they weren't looking in the right place?
|Blue Grosbeak male; female is yellowish-brown|
|male Varied Bunting|
|Mexican Jay-the jay that I am most familiar with except perhaps the Stellar's Jay. These two birds are the most common jays for Southern Arizona birders.|
The only hummingbird I have not been able to capture on camera is the Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird. The conditions were terrible when I saw this beautiful hummer in Guatemala. There are 356 hummingbirds in the world which means I have a lots of fun trips to plan:) The Americas are exciting for me. I could focus my lifetime in these places and be happy.
Top to bottom and left to right. I have many of the male species here as they are very distinct from each other.
Rufous Hummingbird, Rufous Sabrewing, Violet-bellied, Rufous-tailed, Broad-tailed
Mountain-gem, Broad-billed, Snowy-bellied Hummingbird, Lucifer, Blue-chested Hummingbirds
White-eared, Plain-capped Starthroat, Anna's, Allen's, Costa's Hummingbirds
Violet Sabrewing, Black-chinned, Long-billed Hermit, Violet-crowned, Blue-throated Hummingbirds
Magnificent, Lucifer(again:), Ruby-throated, Azure-crowned, Calliope
Here is a video from my treks around North America. Excuse the shaky camera. My cell phone is MUCH better with movie clips than my actual camera....but my camera can get closer to the birds. Stay tuned for more fun. Until next time, happy birding!
|Elegant Tern at Lakeside Park in Tucson|