The closest stop sign is over a mile away and the first traffic light is 5+ miles down the road. A visit to the grocery store is almost 30 miles round trip. It's quiet here; just the sound of toads and coyotes at night. It seems very still, but when you look close there's always something happening. Read on about a few things we've noticed over the past few years.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Anna's Hummingbird

The brilliance of the fuscia color has not been captured in these photos.  The color was so vivid and bright it reminded me of Dorothy's ruby slippers in the sunlight.

This is the male bird, the females do not have the magenta heads.  Hummingbirds sure have a fiesty spirit.  Despite being the smallest of birds, they bravely defend their territory (1/4 acre size) against other birds without fear.  They are very talkative, softly but frequently chirping. 
I often see them sitting in my pine trees.

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