Anna’s Hummingbird
Male Anna's Hummingbirds. Pictures taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES– PART 27

This quick moving bird looks like a jewl in the sky, thier emerald green adn vibrant pink feathers are a gorgeous sight easily missed if you blink.

Not only quick but small too, these hummingbirds grow to about the size of a pig pong ball

Hummingbirds eat nectar from a variety of flowering plants including: currant, gooseberry, manzanita and eucalyptus. They will also eat insects and spiders.

On the odd occasion bees and wasps have ended up becoming impaled on the bill of an Anna’s Hummingbird causing the birds to starve to death if they cannot remove it.

What do you call a flock of hummingbirds?

Well there are a few quite elegant terms to choose from: bouquet, a glittering, a hover, a shimmer or a tune of hummingbirds.

Hummingbirds have only very tiny legs and can neither hop or walk- they can do a funny kind of scoot sideways while perched.

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