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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Anna's Hummingbird (hearts) Crocosmia

The Crocosmia in our backyard have almost finished flowering, but the Anna's Hummingbirds are still visiting it for its nectar.

The male hummingbirds will defend this territory, buzzing and spitting in battle above the backyard like an enraged hive of bees.

The victorious male will then often perform his courtship display, hovering a few feet above the flowers, then rising straight up, as if in an elevator, to at least 80 feet. He then dives straight down, pulling up in a curve at the last instant. He rises to about 20 feet off the ground, then hovers and gives out his victory cry.

As I write this, a female Anna's has just visited the Crocosmia, then visited several Russian Sage (Pelkovia) outside my office window.
She didn't seem too impressed with the taste of the sage. Perhaps it's time for me to put out the hummingbird feeder.


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