Carole's Studio City Gang Hummingbird Blog

February 14, 2018

Both the Anna’s and the Allen’s Hummingbirds are beginning their springtime displays over the deck in Studio City. It’s that time of the year again!

February 1, 2018

A male Costa’s Hummingbird has joined the Studio City Gang! Costa’s are seen occasionally along coastal California during the summer, but it is rare to see them here in January. I was pretty sure I saw a hummer that flashed some purple at me when I was out refilling the feeders last week. Today I saw him again and was able to get a few mediocre photos. My big question, though, is whether this bird is a true Costa’s or if it is...

January 15, 2018

Congratulations to the Studio City Hummingbirds Webcam for making Earthcam’s “25 Most Interesting Webcams of 2017” list. Here in Studio City we love our year around hummingbirds and we are excited to be able to share them with the world.

We are working on adding sound to the cam, so soon you will be able to hear them, too. You will also be able to hear my African Grey parrot “Fillmore” yelling for some “me too” attention out th...

May 13, 2017

It seems that my Praying Mantis has claimed one of the bee water dishes as her territory. She was there last night and again tonight. I love bees, but if this keeps her off of the hummingbird feeders, she can stay there. She only eats one per day. If she lays eggs, though, I will have to find the egg case and move it off the deck. I don’t need hundreds of them next year!

I’m trying to figure out what kind of mantis this one is....

April 20, 2017

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 be able to feed out of the saucer feeders.

I was having to fill the vacuum feeder much more often than I thought should be necessary, so I watc...

March 1, 2017

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 feeders, so she was probably hoping to catch one of them.

I didn’t really want her on the webcam, so I let her crawl on my hand and...

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