Hey “Tiny”

Calliope_male_672314

Getting face-to-face with a male Calliope Hummingbird who we  affectionately call  “Tiny”.

As in…… hey, Tiny is here, when we see them perched in the trees or at the hummingbird feeders.

Calliopes are smallest bird around yet unmatched in energy, spunk and attitude and this guy was no exception especially.  Especially on attitude.

Named after Calliope the muse of eloquence and epic poetry “Tiny” is poetry indeed.

The Bully

THe_bully_1

Meet the local bully a Male Rufus Hummingbird. We typically only have Calliope Hummingbirds list our backyard feeder so it was a surprise, and a welcome one, to have this beautiful guy visit. It was a pleasure until we observed his bullying behavior. He would fly to the tree the feeder was hung from and perch on a hidden branch waiting for unsuspecting Calliopes to visit. He would then swoop down and chase them off. The funny part is that he seldom visited the feeder for a sip of nectar himself. Beautiful but quite the bully this Rufus guy.

Dependable

Right_on_schedule

It’s nice to have something you can depend on and Calliope Hummingbirds fit the definition of dependable spot on. Last year we saw our first Calliope on May 11th and this year a few appeared exactly to our feeder on May 11th. How they did that while completing an over 5,000 mile migration from the forests in Mexico where they winter beats me. These small guys are amazing little birds and no bigger than a ping-pong ball.