Our yard has been buzzing lately with all these little guys and girls. It’s courtship, mating, and nesting season so they’re hitting the feeders constantly and zipping all around…fighting and chasing each other.
These are all Anna’s Hummingbirds. The males are the colorful ones and the females are plainer but still very pretty.
I haven’t seen any nests, they’re really tiny and hard to see but, unlike most people, I hope I don’t see any. I would just worry about the little babies. Often larger birds–of which we have plenty–will attack the nests. I know so many people who have been documenting baby hummers only to have something bad happen and then they’re heartbroken. And, although our outdoor cats aren’t much for tree climbing, if a baby hummer fell to the ground when they’re around, it probably won’t have a happy ending. So I would rather leave the nest watching to others.
After about a year, I’ve finally seen someone using the swing every now and then.