Calliope Hummingbirds


The last of the hummingbirdsare passing through my backyard this month. I happened to Calliope hummingbird & rosemar-05_edited-1get a couple of great shots of some tiny, charming female calliopes buzzing around my rosemary plants. Because the rosemary is in a planter on deck railing, the photos are looking up slightly at the hummers.

I love to watch hummingbirds (Eyelashes and Hummingbirds, Hungry Hummer Can’t Wait), and calliopes are some of my favorites.

Calliope hummingbird & rosemar-09_edited-1

Calliopes breed in the Pacific Northwest, and winter in Mexico; there are no reported calliope nests in Colorado. That means that my backyard is just a pit stop in their travels.

Calliope hummingbird & rosemar-03_edited-1

According to Birds of North America (Birds of North America), calliope hummingbirds are the smallest migrating birds in the world.

Calliope hummingbird & rosemar-14

Safe travels, little ones!

About Amy Law

Amy Law is a science geek. She feels about science the way some people feel about music, or art, or sports – a total and complete emotional connection. She thinks in science. For Amy, there’s nothing better than helping people see the beauty of science as she does. She loves to untangle a complicated subject into its parts, explaining it so that anybody can understand what’s happening. Let her show you her world...
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