In the front desert-style yard, of my parents’ Arizona house, there’s a tree. One of the first days I was there, I spotted a small, green bird perched on one of the very top, very small branches. Using my telephoto lens, I got a closer look and confirmed my initial impression that this was a hummingbird. It’s so unusual to see a hummingbird at rest that I could scarcely believe it. Day after day, there it was, perched, if not on the same branch, on one in the general vicinity. Our supposition was that there must be a nest hidden somewhere in that tree and even though the branches and foliage of the tree aren’t thick, I doubt a hummingbird nest is very large and I never spotted it. Truthfully, I didn’t look all that closely, just enjoyed spotting this colorful character day after day.
I tried to identify it and my best guess is that it’s a Berylline hummingbird. Take a look if you like and see what you think. If you can confirm (or deny) that guess, chime right in. Naturally, if you deny, I’d love to hear what type you think it is. But no matter the name, it’s a little beauty shown, in this photo, with a few ruffled feathers. Hey, we all have days when our feathers get a little ruffled. Doesn’t make us bad birds!