The Sacramento area is known for its trees, the Sacramento and the American Rivers, but there is also a lot of wild life. This is in part because the river corridor was kept wide enough not only for the river to flood, but for many animals to wander around.
Here I present a humming bird nest that I found at a home I visited close to the American River College. The house was built in 1955, the same year the College opened.
There are eight species of hummingbirds living in California. (Click on the picture to see the large version when available.)
Allen’s Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin)
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calipte anna)
Black Chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus; rare)
Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope)
Costa’s Hummingbird (Calipte costae; rare)
Roufus Hummingbirds (Selasphorus rufus)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris; accidental)
Hummingbirds Come and Go
You may have noticed that hummingbird tend to disappear at times. This is a natural cycle of life for hummingbirds.
Females tends to their young in late spring and they generally won’t come to your yard while doing so.
Males protect their turf, especially next to their chosen female. They will oust all other males from their territory.
At the end of summer, many hummingbird (depends on the species) fly South in warmer weather. They’ll migrate back on the following spring.
To increase changes that these birds come and visit your yard, the best is to have the type of flowers they like. Two that they particularly like are coral honeysuckles (Lonicera sempervirens) and cardinal flowers (Lobelia cardinalis). Note that varies between species.
People also like to install hummingbird feeders with that red liquid in them. Make sure that those are clean. Specifically, make sure no mold is growing on the feeder as it can be fatal to the birds.
Hummingbird in Our Backyard Mimosa Tree
I often see hummingbird, but I usually don’t have my phone with me in my backyard. Today I had my phone and a hummingbird decided to visit our Mimosa Tree which is blooming with these beautiful pink flowers.
First I saw the bird having a drink and then it decided to pause on a branch. That’s when I started filming. The pause was for about three minutes today and then it flew around to drink more pollen. There is a really good few seconds when the bird flies in front of the blue sky which really shows how hummingbirds fly (even at the very slow speed our smartphone record videos).