The Bird Is The Word

Posted: December 21, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Remember this?

That was then, this is now.

That was then, this is now.

Yesterday I did my first real hummingbird observations for Todos Santos Eco Adventures and ProFaunaBaja Hummingbird Monitoring Project. I got up bright and early and even before my first cup of coffee I was on the scene at La Cochora. I tried to ease into the dunes as inconspicuously as possible, strapped down with my binoculars, camera bag, pen, notes, identification illustrations, glasses and signature hat, all of which I juggled awkwardly every time I saw or heard a hummingbird. I soon realized all I had to do was sit on a rock quietly and watch. I began to see hummingbirds every where, buzzing around small red flowers (later identified by fellow birder Roger Snyder as Anisacanthus quadrifidus wrightii) zipping up to a high sprig of an unidentified shrub as an observation point, or literally zooming right by my nose on their merry hyperactive ways. The light was not such that I could discriminate color for identification purposes, but Roger, who has a much better camera than mine, took excellent photos and has determined that the hummers we saw were Costa’s. I’ll show you the photos I took of the birds, their flower choice and some of the scenery I saw yesterday at dawn. I went back later at dusk and due to thick clouds and minor precipitation saw absolutely nada.

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