It's time for the fifth and final installment of posts about the days Denis and I spent relaxing in a cabin in Ramsey Canyon, Arizona. In the sky islands of the Huachuca Mountains, Ramsey Canyon is just a few miles from the Mexican border, and it's a paradise for anyone who loves wildlife.
Turkey gobbling would wake me in the morning, and I'd spend most of the day out on the deck trying to see how many camera batteries I could wear out. I'm sharing some of the photographs I took of the resident hummingbirds in this final installment.
On our first full day there, I was impressed by the internecine war between the broad-billed hummingbirds and the black-chinned hummingbirds, but that soon passed when I learned that the real king of the area was the blue-throated hummingbird. At twice the size of the others, it's easy to see why the blue-throated ruled the roost. Other than its size, the main thing I noticed about the blue-throated was its vocalizations; it even had one that sounded like a good old fashioned Bronx cheer. I'm used to two types of hummingbirds in Phoenix: the Anna's which stay here year-round and the black-chinned which leave to winter in Mexico. I know the sounds they make quite well, so it was a bit of a thrill for this critter lover to hear unfamiliar bird sounds and deduce which sound went with which bird.
But enough yakking-- let's get to those photographs!
|An adult blue-throated hummingbird. The white streaks are more pronounced, aren't they?|
|It's not polite to stick your tongue out at your photographer!|
|You can see why it's called a blue-throated hummingbird, that's for sure!|
|The blue-throats liked to perch up in a scrub oak to protect "their" feeders. Many an unwary black-chinned and broad-billed hummer got chased away while we were there.|
|It looks to me like this one's getting a bit sleepy. Time for a siesta!|
|You never know where the next threat is coming from. Must. Be. Vigilant.|
|An adult broad-billed hummingbird.|
|That bump on its beak is a bug carcass. Insects provide valuable protein for hummingbirds.|
|The blue-throats were around, so this broad-billed didn't waste time perching.|
|This time it looks as though "Godzilla" (what I called the meanest blue-throat) wasn't around; otherwise, this little guy wouldn't be napping!|
That concludes our stay in Ramsey Canyon. I hope you enjoyed it. If all the places we've stayed here in Arizona, I have to admit that it's my favorite. If you missed the other installments, here are the links to Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Part Four.