Monday, September 10, 2012

Have You Ever Seen...

...a hummingbird perched on the petal of a flower? I hadn't until this one decided it really liked the giant zinnia. It's been coming by for days and perching briefly like this. Pretty interesting behavior.
... or a green-tailed towhee? We hadn't until this one showed up a bit out of its range. They "rarely" show up in our neck of the woods. I noticed the white spot on its throat, and didn't catch the rufous head or green-tinged wings and tail until I looked at the pics. This bird is very hippity hoppity all the time, so it was hard to photograph, but we sure liked seeing it with the other native towhees out in the flower bed.

7 comments:

  1. Thank you for this today. These glimpses into native land always stir my soul.

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  2. Wow!! How did you get that photo?? What kind of camera do you use??

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  3. The hummingbird photo is really a great catch--thta's some fast glass you have on your camera to freeze the wings like that!

    The towhee is absolutely lovely. I hope he's a regular visitor, at least for awhile.

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  4. Inspiring. Finally after six months of heart problems, I'm back on the Sonoma Trail--at dawn and so immeasurably delighted. Everything smells of dried leaves, the air is cool, the morning light--golden. Tall, yellow CA Primrose, a few scattered tiny pink roses (escaped from some long-ago farm creep up the brush and Queen Anne's Lace folding up it's sparkling fans for Autumnal change. Your humming bird reminds me, "If only our karma were so light and beautiful.

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  5. i very much like what karmanot said about our karma being as light and beautiful as that of the hummer. Lovely photos, as always. Your forest creatures provide you with endless beauty and curiosity.

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  6. We saw a humming bird trying to get at some small pieces of red stained glass that are above a side door in our house; it didn't crash into the window, but came over and buzzed in front of the red glass.
    I always hear the little things making their strange calls and dive bombs.

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