There are so many hummingbirds at the Preserve (and even in our neighborhood) that I no longer feel the same excitement when I see one, but I still enjoy spotting them. If I’m wearing something red, they often buzz me and on the Wyoming porch where I leave the red cooler sitting outside, they’ll buzz that as well. I still find hummingbirds sitting or at rest unusual, but even at rest, this guy was paying attention to what was going on. Gotta love the shiny feather fashion statement.

My work is the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird – equal seekers of sweetness. Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums. ~Mary Oliver

Gentle day’s flower – The hummingbird competes With the stillness of the air. ~Chogyam Trungpa

I always loved those little creatures [hummingbird], always feel blessed when they appear nearby. There’s a magical quality to them. I finally put one in a song. ~Leonard Cohen

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  1. They are always busy!! Great capture Janet!

  2. Su Leslie says:

    Beautiful shot Janet. And oh that plumage … gorgeous

  3. de Wets Wild says:

    The metallic sheen is as brilliant as a polished gem!

  4. peggy says:

    What a perfect picture of these nice little birds. They have yet to reach my area this year, but I am watching for them. The quotes were wonderful.

  5. Heyjude says:

    He’s a beauty. How wonderful to capture one at rest. Such plumage!

  6. I always enjoy seeing the variety of hummingbirds in the west – after all, as you know, there is only one species of hummingbirds on my side of the Mississippi.

  7. This one is gorgeous! I rarely see them here, and at my old house, we had a pair of Anna’s living in the Oleander that was my neighbors but towered over the fence we shared.

    Perhaps, I’ll add something red to the backyard and see if that attracts any? Thanks for telling us that!

    • That’s why hummingbird liquid is usually red. 🙂 I hope that works for you. We have an oleander in the front yard but it’s not very big yet. They’re everywhere out here, often large enough to form tall hedges.

  8. So many hummingbirds…what a delightful quandary! Still waiting to see the first of the year. Not until May I think.

    • I just found out today, both from Frank’s comment and from the sign at the Desert Botanical Gardens, that while Arizona has recorded 15 species of hummingbirds, east of the Mississippi, there’s only one–the ruby-throated. You learn something new every day. 🙂

  9. Cee Neuner says:

    Oh Janet, you nailed this little guys portrait 😀

  10. Leya says:

    Always magical – this is a lovely shot, Janet!

  11. Dan Antion says:

    We only see them rarely, so I’m glad to see photos.

    • Frank was right that there’s only one species of hummingbird east of the Mississippi, the ruby-throated. I learned today that Arizona is the hummingbird capitol of the US with 15 species recorded. Wowza! I haven’t seen that many, though.

  12. restlessjo says:

    I’ve never seen one in real life 😦

    • I just found out today that Arizona is the hummingbird capitol of the US. Who knew? I did see a new type today at the Desert Botanical Gardens. I don’t know how many species I’ve seen at the Preserve but I’ve seen a LOT of hummingbirds of one sort or another. We also see them in Wyoming. Wish I could send you one!

  13. I absolutely adore humming birds! I still have half a mind to get one tattooed on my shoulder… All of my current tattoos involve birds and feathers for some reason, so I feel like it fits the theme. They’re just so lovely.

  14. Great shot of the hummingbird. They are fun to watch. A couple of years ago I was able to go to a reserve in the mountains in Colombia and they had so many varieties of hummingbirds that I couldn’t believe it – from very small on up in size and color.

  15. Resa says:

    OMG! Janet, it doesn’t get more beauteous than this, either the subject or the capture.
    Can’t believe the hummers have become commonplace to you.
    Well, I suppose that has happened to me with the pigeons.

    • Ha! Pigeons and hummingbirds may be the same type of animal but that’s the end of it. 🙂 We have mourning doves here which are pigeon-like. I still love seeing the hummers, though.

      • Resa says:

        True….pigeons are at the end of most bird lover’s birds list. Wish we had hummers. I have seen 2, in all my yeas in Toronto.

  16. joey says:

    Great shot!