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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Hummingbird migration

Migration is in full swing. Here's a handsome Allen's Hummingbird at our feeders in Alpine.

Adult male Allen's

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

More new feathers for Loppy

Kelly Bryan, a licensed bander, recaptured Loppy (see July 17, July 29, and Aug 5 posts) and he now has 10 gorget feathers, but still only the one adult tail feather.

Kelly also banded the leucistic female Black-chinned (see August 3 posting). He figures it's less than a month out of the nest.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

New gorget feathers

Juvenile males usually aren't around long enough for me to be able to document the growing progress of their gorget feathers. However, this one (I've nicknamed Loppy because of his lopsided gorget and one adult tail feather), is still around. I posted photos of him on July 17th and 29th. Yesterday I got photos of him with a couple of new feathers. The left side has a tiny new one right below the eye. Besides the center spot, there's another new feather right below the lower mandible.

Left side

Right side

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Hummer with personality

I tend to anthropomorphize my hummers. Here's a young Lucifer that is obviously confused. That's because I kept re-arranging the feeders all day, partly due to banding activity, but mostly because I was trying to get a better photo of the leucistic hummer, and when the lighting changed I re-arranged feeders. so now this young male appears to be trying to figure out where I moved the dang feeder to this time.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Albino (leucistic) hummingbird today

It's apparently a female Black-chinned Hummingbird

Here her dark roots are showing.

This last shot is included just for size comparison with a normal female Black-chinned.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Pre-oasis photo

I came across this photo while looking for something else. This was the oasis's humble origin. Photo taken about 30 years ago, and yes, that's me. The only thing recognizable is the mountain in the background. If I took a photo today from the exact spot this one was taken  you wouldn't be able to see the mountain for the trees.

Here is a photo looking in the same direction as my original garden, only taken from farther away. This photo taken in May of this year.