Calliope Hummingbirds – a few poses


The Calliopes arrive along with the Rufous Hummingbirds, but always in lesser numbers. Here’s what the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website says about them: “The Calliope Hummingbird is the smallest bird in North America north of Mexico. Despite its small stature, it breeds in the chilly mountain environments of the northwestern United States. The male’s magenta burst of rays at its throat make it a standout from other hummingbirds. Tiny but tough, these birds are the smallest long-distance avian migrant in the world, spending winters in Mexico and a few small pockets of the southern U.S.” This seems to indicate that they (some at least) follow a migration route similar to that of the Rufous – up the West Coast and down the Rocky Mountains. Here are four photos from this morning – July 10, 2016, Embudo, NM, alongside the Rio Grande.

Calliope hummingbird, male

Calliope hummingbird, male

Calliope hummingbird male, preening

Calliope hummingbird male, preening or displaying

Calliope Hummingbird males and an unidentified female - maybe a Calliope or a Rufous

Calliope Hummingbird males and an unidentified female – maybe a Calliope or a Rufous

Calliope male and unidentified female

Calliope male and unidentified female

 

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
This entry was posted in Birding, Photography and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s