Trying to Photograph a Hummingbird

February 25th, 2008

It has been a wet week in Southern California! My feeders have run dry, and I need to get out there and fill them. I couldn’t bare the thought of climbing my tree to fetch my feeders in the rain, so I have put it off. I look forward to the return of the birds!

Before I ran out of food, I noticed that some hummingbirds were feeding from a flower that had recently bloomed in my yard. I set up my BirdCam to catch the action, but they never returned. Oh well. No hummingbirds this week. But, I did get some pictures of the mourning doves that like to visit my yard.

I also got a picture of a sparrow ground feeding.

They were a little blurry. What I was really aiming for was this flower.

No hummingbirds. :( Oh, well.

Remember, you still have until the end of the month to submit your reports to The Great Backyard Bird Count. Here’s what I saw in my yard:

Sunday February 17, 2008
7 House Finches
2 Mourning Doves
1 Black Phoebe
1 Hummingbird (Couldn’t identify type…too fast!)
2 Gulls (Couldn’t identify type…too high and too fast!)

Monday, February 18, 2008
1 Orange-crowned Warbler
10 House Finches
10 Goldfinches
1 White-crowned Sparrow
1 Mourning Dove
1 Hummingbird (Couldn’t identify type…too fast!)

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4 Responses to “Trying to Photograph a Hummingbird”

  1. Sandpiper on February 25, 2008 8:45 am

    Nice that the hummers are coming around. Have you put up any hummingbird feeders? If you have them around, they just might come running back!

  2. brucesc on February 25, 2008 8:55 am

    Hummingbirds in the winter must be a real treat! Sandpiper is right–put up some feeders and the hummers will be all over your yard. Thanks for posting your GBBC count–I had 30 species, but it was the weakest year I’ve had in ages. A sharp-shinned hawk kept the numbers down I think. Thanks for visiting my blog, btw.

  3. Birding Scott on February 28, 2008 11:58 pm

    Yes, I’ve got a hummingbird feeder up! Some weeks, I see them frequently. Others I do not. I always seem them in my backyard though. They must have some flowers that they think are better! :) I’ll try to get some good pictures for a blog post.

    30 species! Wow. That’s pretty cool. I am lucky if I see five or six at a time. :)

  4. Sandpiper on March 2, 2008 4:41 pm

    Hi Scott, BruceSC lives right on a beautiful marsh in the lowcountry of South Carolina. She has the most amazing birds that come to her feeders!

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