Backyard Hummers

Howdy!Coney the Pine Squirrel

Coney here again today with a wildlife visitor Colorado humans don’t seem to mind in their yards: hummingbirds.

I wish they were as fond of squirrels! It seems—to me anyway—every yard has that red juice hanging in a tree, designed to fill the space between branches with the burrrrr of beating wings.

Hummingbird feeders

I made a mistake on Monday when I said the Eastern U. S. only has one species—there are more, three in Virginia. Colorado has eleven, so you can see the numbers are staked strongly against us squirrels.

We’re even in competition for making noise! Squirrels can chatter quite loudly, but this  Broad-tailed Hummingbird has a tail that buzzes as he flies! No effort–can you believe it?

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

There’s no denying these little birds are high in cuteness, so we just steer clear for the few months they’re visiting.

Yes, visiting. Hummingbirds arrive here in the spring and depart for Mexico in early September.

female Broad-tailed Hummingbirds

Meanwhile, they fill up.