I’m exhausted and frazzled. This has been a crazy month for me what with having to move not just my site but four others to a new hosting provider. Day to day life has been wackier that I can remember in a decade and a half. Then last night my computer decided I hadn’t had enough and has gone bonkers on me. My regular email program won’t even open and Internet Explorer laughs at me and stalls.
So, this post is only going to have a few words and be mostly pictures or I wouldn’t have had the energy to do a post today. Yesterday I suggested to Ron that we stop near some Rocky Mountain Bee Plants on the island because I had heard hummingbirds there recently. I am pretty sure he is glad we did stop but he’ll take the credit for the idea
Anyway, I believe these are Calliope Hummingbirds but if I am wrong please do not hesitate to correct me, I don’t get upset about things like that. I am basing my ID on the fact that the wing tips were slightly longer than the tail which is a key for this species compared to Rufous and Broad-tailed Hummingbirds whose tails are longer than the wing tips.
I could hear the hummingbirds before I saw them and knew we might get some nice images of the birds as they fed on the Rocky Mountain Bee Plant.
The morning light made the iridescence of the hummingbirds glow and the flowers did too.
One of the tiny hummingbirds had a favorite perch where it would stretch and flutter its wings before it would head back to the wildflowers.
And it struck some very interesting poses, like this one where it stretched, spread its tail and lifted its wings.
Some of the hummingbirds chased each other around, but a little too far away to photograph. Others just feed on the nectar of the Rocky Mountain Bee Plants.
The hummingbirds weren’t the only creatures visiting the bee plants, there were Monarch Butterflies, a few Skippers, Yellow-jackets and bees.
Any help with the ID would bee appreciated.
My RSS feeds are stuck inside my cranky Internet Explorer so I will be slow to comment on all of your posts until I get this issues resolved. And unfortunately I don’t know anyone geekier than me so this computer may need a trip to the doctors.