Rare Leucistic Hummingbird

Rare Leucistic Hummingbird – Santa Cruz Arboretum 10/31/16

Today’s adventure was to visit Santa Cruz, California, to find and photograph the rare, nearly completely white leucistic hummingbird who resides in the UCSC Arboretum. I am currently on a Princess cruise ship. Upon docking in San Francisco it was off to Enterprise Car Rental. Once in the rental car, two friends and I drove…

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Webcam Getting More Active as Days Grow Shorter

As fewer flowers are in bloom, the hummingbird feeders are becoming more and more active. There are still a few bees here and there, so I am afraid of putting the vacuum feeders up yet. As soon as I am able, you will easily see fifty to sixty hummers at once on this cam! Carole…

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Very Active Birds on a Rainy Day in LA

The birds can’t drink nectar from flowers as easily on rainy days. They get more “bang for their buck” so to speak at the feeders. This was taken at 9:20 am – not normally the highest feeding time. I expect the feeders to be this active all day long. Enjoy! Carole Studio City, California

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Praying Mantis Season is Over (At Least on the Deck)

Update: The two praying mantises (manti?) have mated and gone, presumably to make their little egg sacs. The hummingbirds are safe. It is thought by many that the non-native Chinese Mantis is the only one big enough to catch a hummingbird. This is not so. The two I had on the deck were native Bordered…

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Another Praying Mantis has arrived on the deck.

ANOTHER Praying Mantis on the Cam?!

Hmmm. The other one mated and disappeared (off to make her egg sac, no doubt) and now another hungry female native Bordered Mantis showed up. I checked the webcam to see if the feeders needed filling, and there she was right in the midst of them looking around. There are still some bees buzzing the…

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Bye Bye Mr. Squirrel!

I had to take some action this morning. In order to control the bee population, I have had to temporarily change all of my vacuum feeders to saucer feeders. I did, however, leave one vacuum feeder up for the pair of orioles that are still coming onto the deck. The orioles do not seem to…

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Putting the Webcam on Full Screen

To put the webcam on full screen, click the little arrows on the bottom right of the picture.  The little hummingbirds look amazing when you view them full screen! Carole Studio City, California  

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Webcam is Back Up Live! Enjoy!

The technical glitch is solve and the webcam is back up!  I expect to have a large number of hummingbirds here all winter long.  I hope you will join me to marvel at these little jewels. Carole Studio City, California

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Two basic types of hummingbird feeders.

Hummingbird Feeder Types: Saucer vs. Vacuum Feeders

You may have noticed that I changed the type of hummingbird feeders on the webcam. This is a method to help control bees. There is a drought in Southern California, and the local bees are desperate for water. What could be better for them than a water source that is sugary to boot! The bees…

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Bee Water Dish

Bee Dishes to Help Keep Bees Off of the Feeders

Old hummingbird window feeders make great bee dishes! Since I have been putting up bee dishes, I have greatly cut down on the number of bees attacking the hummingbird feeders. When I see a lot of bees at a feeder, I either take the feeder down and replace it with a bee dish or replace…

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