Monday, January 25, 2010

A Little Friend Returns For The Winter

I would like to introduce you to one of the littlest residents of Double S Farms.

He is what we call a 'snowbird'.  Now, where we live, a snowbird is a seasonal resident , usually human, who lives in the desert during the winter months.

However, this particular snowbird is a little hummingbird.



I first met him when I was taking pictures of the citrus trees for a future blog post.  I was quite close when I noticed him sitting in the lemon tree.  Unlike many hummingbirds, he was perfectly content to sit still and have his picture taken.



On another visit to Double S Farms, I saw him perched at the top of the Almond tree. 




This is his favorite place to perch, probably because the Almond tree is the tallest tree and he can see the surrounding farms all around him.




Although Costa's Hummingbirds are year-round residents in our area, this particular one left for the summer, but came back in the fall.  

Now every time I visit Double S Farms, I go out of my way to look for my little friend. 


*On another note, I will soon be introducing you to "The Refuge" and it's garden, surrounding beauty and the residents.

25 comments:

Dawn said...

Oh, how so lucky you are!

Bangchik said...

It is interesting to know that certain birds leaft for summer and came back in the fall.... wonder why. ~bangchik

noel said...

aaaaaaw.....very sweet and you took some great shots too!

Darla said...

Wonderful captures here..Love to see Hummers around!

Amy said...

He is so cute! I have never been able to take photo of a hummingbird. I need a friend like yours. :)

Patchwork said...

What a cute little 'snow bird'.

Kiki said...

AWww,,what a super sweetheart! Love the photos..! Adorable! Enjoy the return of your special friend!
Kiki~

Balisha said...

Have you seen "my" little friends...the ruby throated in your area?
Balisha

Martha Z said...

I love to watch the hummers and they seem the least shy of the birds in my garden. I once had one flutter in front of me, flashing his gorget. There was a female nearby that was the the true object of his intentions :)

Liza said...

I love hummingbirds. You're so lucky to get them year-round!

Joanne said...

Such a delightful bird and such a lovely shot of the lemons against the blue sky.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

What great pictures, so nice for him to pose. I really like the one of him sitting in the lemon tree!

JP said...

I can never catch a a hummingbird either, but I once had one in the house and it was traumatic for both of us (everyone survived!)

Di said...

Noelle, your little friend is beautiful! I can't wait to see more of him. ;)

Teresa O said...

Hummingbirds are such little cheeky little charmers. The photos of him are wonderful. Thanks for sharing, Noelle.

James Missier said...

Its amazing to see that little bird in they huge surrounding.
Im marveled that you manage to capture and find this bird.
Like finding a neddle in the haystalk.

sweet bay said...

Love the picture of the hummingibrd sitting in the lemon tree and the last shot, where the wonderful irridescence of the feathers really shows up.

Janet said...

What a cutie!! I really love watching hummingbirds.

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

He's adorable! Wish we had that type around here, although I love our ruby-throated hummers too;-)

molly said...

Lovely birs. I have not seen one before may be it is too small to notice it.

Rose said...

How sweet! I can't wait till the hummingbirds return here--they wouldn't enjoy our current frigid temps:)

Rebecca @ In The Garden said...

What a funny little bird, so very outgoing for a hummingbird. You're lucky to have him around. :)

leavesnbloom said...

oh wow Noelle what a privilege to have a feathered friend like that in the garden. Rosie :)

Kathleen said...

I think you're so lucky to have him as the littlest resident of Double S farm Noelle. I would look for him every time I was there too. We only have hummingbirds for two months in our garden in Colorado ~ much too short a time span.

Kathleen said...

ps Forgot to add, someday I hope to be a snowbird there too!! :-)

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