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|About two weeks ago, I posted a picture of a nesting hummingbird and her two nestlings. Well, miracle of nature, here are the two babies today, ready to fledge. It is also a miracle of another sort. I had mentioned that this nest was at eye level in a passageway used by hundreds of boisterous school children each day. I am very happy and relieved to report that there has been no mishap of any sort pertaining to this nest. Phew!|
Keep in mind that the nest is no more than 3 cm in diameter.
Anna's is the most common hummingbird in southern California, and one of only two species that are permanent residents of the US or Canada (Allen's is the other). Unlike most other hummers, Anna's has a (minimal) song.
Average weight: male 4.31 g, female 4.07 g. The Anna's is the largest hummingbird seen on the west coast.
Adult male: Metallic green back, dark rose-red crown and gorget, grayish breast.
Adult female: Green back, grayish-white breast, white throat with some red spots, white tips on outer tail feathers.
Juveniles: Young of both sexes look like the adult female, but may have unmarked throats.
Observed in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, and British Columbia (resident on Vancouver Island).
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