Sunday, April 14, 2013
We spotted this purple hummingbird, maybe a baby or a juvenile, but definitely quite tame, while out on a morning walk along Dove Mountain Trail. He was clinging to a branch in a calm pose, so both Ed and I whipped out our cameras and took multiple shots of this little creature.
The brilliant purple feathers around the neck flared iridescent in the sunlight. I'm guessing that this is a Costa's hummingbird and that he knew where there are nearby feeders, since there are houses just beyond that trail that we walk.
Still, hummingbirds are marvels of nature and it is exciting to get this close to one in the wild, even if he was in full knowledge of the nearest feeders.
Wanda Hayes Eichler