Anna’s hummingbird with yellow pollen on its head

Hummingbirds and gardens go hand in hand. We plant perennials and shrubs with colorful, flowers hoping to attract these feathered jewels where we can observe their antics closely.  

Ruby Throated Hummingbird – Photo by Bud Hensley

Residents of the southwestern U.S. are fortunate to have several hummingbird species in our area including Anna’s, Costa’s, and Black-chinned. However, these are but a precious few, as there are over 300 species native throughout the Americas.

The Hummingbird Society is an organization that is dedicated to “help people understand and appreciate hummingbirds”. Every year, they create a hummingbird calendar that helps to raise funds for their mission. Each calendar is filled with stunning photos from noted bird photographers.

Cuban Bee Hummingbird – Photo by Aslam Ibrahim Castellon Mauré

Each photograph captures the intricate detail of these tiny birds – the little Cuban bee hummer, pictured above is only 1.6 inches long.

Giant Hummingbird – Photo by Yelena Pegova

The simple act of a hummingbird sipping nectar makes most of us stop what we are doing just to watch these tiny birds. In fact, I enjoy them so much, that I created a container garden to attract more of them into my backyard.

Rare Albino Anna’s Hummingbird Photo by Sally Kimmel

The folks at the Hummingbird Society have offered to allow me to host a giveaway where three people have the opportunity to win a free copy of this excellent calendar.


**GIVEAWAY OVER – The WINNERS are: Laura V., Jacki, and Glenda. Congratulations! I’ll be emailing you to get your mailing addresses.

If you didn’t win, you can order your own copy here – they make great gift ideas!



Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

12 replies
  1. Deanna Lyn Carpinelli
    Deanna Lyn Carpinelli says:

    I adore hummingbirds we have so many on our property and they are a source of daily joy
    My 3 year old grandson calls them hunningbirds

  2. Glenda Ross
    Glenda Ross says:

    Hummers are one of my two favorite birds. Here in Arizona we are fortunate to see several varieties. When I lived in Georgia, we only had Ruby-throated. Once in a while something else would fly through. I always followed the migration, coming and going.
    I have no favorites. I always have feeders up and garden with the hummers in mind. I’m outside now and they’re buzzing around like kids with bumper cars.

  3. L Turcotte
    L Turcotte says:

    We love watching their antics when we are in Arizona during the winter months! We also get to see the ruby throated hummingbird who migrates to our province of Alberta during the summer months.

  4. Roxey Walle
    Roxey Walle says:

    I love hummingbirds so much that I got a hummingbird tattoo when I was younger (though now, I don’t recommend tattoos). I have 3 Yellow Bell bushes in my back yard that bloom profusely and attract hummingbirds. Most appear to be Anna’s hummingbirds and can be quite vocal. I did see one with a red throat that may have been a broad-tail. A couple of times, I’ve been delighted to watch 2 hummingbirds that appeared to be playing though perhaps they were posturing over territory.

  5. Angela Boehm
    Angela Boehm says:

    I live in Ontario Canada and the hummingbird season is short. We hang our feeders in the first week of May and they usually show up around the 15th. I have a feeder outside my bedroom window so I can watch them anytime. We get a lot of hummers….I refill my feeders weekly until September when they seem to eat even more before their long trip. The last day for hummingbird sightings here is September 15th.
    After that, I usually visit webcam sites in California.

  6. Laura V
    Laura V says:

    When I was living in the eastcoast, we rarely saw hummingbirds. Nonetheless, every time we saw one, it was rather special, because I was told that whenever one hovers around your home, it is a sign of happy marriage, or love. My mom loves them so very much. When I got married and moved to Southern California, I was surprised to see how many humming birds are in the area. They seem to love a green tree, I think call seiva, which is all over the place. To the point that I went from rare random sightings before moving here, to actually having humming birds nesting right outside my window. What! Yes, lucky me, and yes, it still makes me happy to know that in deed, I am in a happy marriage with loads of love. On top of that, every time I see one, I just think of my mom. I’ve been blessed with seeing all these lovely creatures in our garden, and that they seem to like our plants. But over all, to learn to have a safe organic environment so that they have a healthy life as well. Thank you for the opportunity to have this beautiful calendar. Crossing fingers.

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