This first of season adult male Costa’s Hummingbird, Calypte costae , showed up this afternoon. I’ve not had a Costa’s since last November 17. Last year the first of season appeared on 1-22.
I’ve also been seeing up to 20 Anna’s hummingbirds, Calypte anna, in the evenings sharing, peacefully, my two feeders. Some of these usually aggressive birds calmly share one feeder port, taking turns.
I recently purchased a quantity of meal worms. I’ve used these in the past to coax recalcitrant warblers out in the open to be photographed – this works great for Oven Birds – and I was not surprised that this adult male Scott’s Oriole, Icterus parisorum, gobbles them up like candy. He’ll stop by and eat 5 or 6 quickly and then fly off with another. And then in about half an hour he returns and repeats, sometimes having grape jelly for dessert.
This Bullock’s Oriole, Icterus bullock, showed up several weeks ago and I see him every three of four days. This morning he was in a feeding flock with two bright Scott’s orioles.
I found these two Northern Flickers, Colaptes auratus, duking it out at the community park.
KNOW YOUR ENEMY!