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“Bill” the Calabasas, CA Broad-Billed Hummingbird

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Today I visited Marilyn Meadows of Marilyn Meadows Photography at her home in Calabasas, California.  What a hummingbird habitat she’s created!  She has a beautiful backyard filled with hummingbird-friendly flowers, fountains and feeders.  Sadly, Marilyn is putting her home up for sale and is moving to New Hampshire.  If there are any hummingbird enthusiasts out there who want a ready-made hummingbird haven, this is the place!  Marilyn is no doubt going to attract all the Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds up to New Hampshire.

I went to Marilyn’s home to try to capture the vagrant juvenile Broad-Billed Hummingbird that has been frequenting her feeders for a few months.  She sat me in a chair and pointed out his favorite feeder.  It didn’t take long for him to show up.  You could hear him before you could see him, as his song is very different from the Anna’s and Allen’s hummers we are used to seeing.  What a cute little guy!  He’s still growing in his chest feathers, but he’s already a standout among the other hummers.  Marilyn came up with “Bill” for his name.  What else would it be?


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