Jun 7

Hummingbird

Category: animals,Arizona,Lowell

The grounds at Lowell are filled with Hummingbirds.  They are broad-tailed hummers, a species not found on the east coast, although they look almost identical to the ruby-throated hummers found on the eastern seaboard.  They have a distinctive metallic “churr” as they fly.  They are bold and extremely territorial, and will not hesitate to swoop down on a person in order to chase them away!

This guy always perches on the same branch of the same tree, where he periodically asserts his dominance by making fantastic flights up to high altitudes before plunging at high speed almost to the ground in great, looping dives.

In the scenic image, you can just barely see him at the center, a miniature bird-shaped dot.  These animals sooo tiny.

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