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The Black-Chinned Hummers Have Arrived in Studio City

I’m so excited to report that I’ve spotted my first Black-Chinned Hummingbird of the season. They’re back! I sat out there for an hour before I finally was able to capture that beautiful purple gorget. I hope to get much better ones in the future! Carole Studio City, CA

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Hummers Hanging on in a Windstorm

Six Flags for Hummers!

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Noticeable Decrease in the Amount of Hummers

Every year around this time I notice a drop-off in the amount of birds at the feeders. I always attributed it to the fact that many of the females are spending most of their time on the nest. I’m wondering if anyone else in Southern California observes this also. I’m wondering if a lot of…

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Another Bee Dish Video? You Bet!

I cannot believe it. Can the answer to the hummingbird feeder/bee problem be so simple? I have an outdoor kitchen, and I noticed that after I washed things in the sink, the bees hung around and drank water out of the wet sponge. This is what gave me the idea to put water out for…

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Bee Dishes to Help Control Bees at the Feeders

Bee dishes really work! I added a bee dish I made out of an old feeder by adding water + stones for the bees to stand on. It didn’t take long for the bees to find the dish. Yes, there are still a few bees on the feeders, but most of them are now going…

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“Bill” the Calabasas, CA Broad-Billed Hummingbird

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…

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No More Room at the Feeders!

Things are becoming insane on the deck in Studio City!  Birds are lined up on the railing waiting for a turn at a feeder port.  Every time I put up an additional feeder, thirty more birds show up.  They know they have a reliable and clean food source.  I’m looking for that three star rating…

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A Broad-Billed Hummingbird Shows Up in Calabasas, CA

Broad-Billed Hummingbirds are a common sight in central Mexico, and in the summer they migrate to feeding grounds in southern Arizona.  There are vagrants that are sometimes spotted in other areas, such as the one that is showing up at Marilyn Meadows’ feeders in Calabasas, California.  She says that he showed up a few months…

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Hummingbirds in the California Storm – Video

The hummers were desperate for food in the recent rainstorm, as it is nearly impossible to get nectar from flowers when it is raining hard.  We badly needed the rain to relieve us from the drought, but hopefully it’s over now that our reservoirs are full again.  Click “Continue Reading” below to see video.  

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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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