Flying Jewels, 2017 Edition


Among the New World’s birds, surely hummingbirds, the “Flying Jewels,” are the most extraordinary. WC spent some time in Tucson’s Sonora Desert Museum recently, which includes a delightful Hummingbird Aviary. They are photos you could get in the field, and WC has some nice hummingbird photos from the trip, But it’s easier where the birds’ range is constrained.

Here are a few photos from the trip.

Anna's Hummingbird Male, Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona

Costa’s Hummingbird Male, Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona

It’s mating season for Costa’s. So there were females on eggs. A hummingbird on a nest is about the cutest bird there is. The nest is a confection of hairs, spider webs, tiny bits of leave and still finer sticks.

Anna's Hummingbird Female on Nest, Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona

Costa’s Hummingbird Female on Nest, Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona

The nest is barely bigger than thimble. The alert female is pretty impressive. There’ a lot of belligerence in that tiny little body.

An equally handsome hummer is the Broad-billed Hummingbird.

Broad-billed Hummingbird, Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona

Broad-billed Hummingbird, Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona

It’s pretty easy to ID the female.

Broad-billed Hummingbird Female, Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona

Broad-billed Hummingbird Female, Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona

You don’t have to be a semi-obsessive bird photographer to find the hummingbird aviary immense fun. If you’re in Southeast Arizona, you should pay it a visit. Oh, yeah, there are other cool exhibits at the place. We’ll get to them in later posts.

 

 

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