Hummingbird Food in the Tucson Mountains

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Hummingbird Food: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

~ Hummingbird Food ~

Some years, the desert floor is covered with wildflowers: lupine, mexican poppy, and others.  This year, that didn't happen.  I don't know why.

Regardless, and right on cue, the Ocotillo plants, which look for all the world like a bunch of dead sticks, pushed out their red flames all across the desert.  This is the time that the hummingbirds come north, crossing the desert.  It's the Ocotillo that provides the nourishment they need, in the form of nectar, so that those of you in the northwest will have the joy of seeing these jewel-like birds in a few weeks.

Pretty cool!

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Gary Coles (International Referrals)
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Mike, I love your photo.  The color and composition are great.

Mar 26, 2011 04:57 PM #2
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Deepak Chauhan
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Hey, nice blog ... I love humming birds too. Last year they nested next to our bed room. Two new baby chicks grew right in front of our eyes, we enjoyed them all the way till their first flight. And then we were in our yard ... humming for some time.

Mar 26, 2011 04:58 PM #3
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Those ocotillo plants are really unique and strange looking things.  But what beautiful flowers they have!  Too bad the desert didn't have a spectacular bloom this year.

Mar 26, 2011 05:07 PM #4
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Juli Vosmik
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Mike, mine haven't started blooming this year. 

Hey, what was the name of that bird that looks like a faded out cardinal?  If you remember, please email me so I don't have to check out all your gazillion blogs.

I have a family of them in my front yard. 

Mar 26, 2011 05:08 PM #5
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Fantastic pictures.....

Brett

Mar 26, 2011 06:24 PM #6
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"Some years, the desert floor is covered with wildflowers: lupine, mexican poppy, and others.  This year, that didn't happen."

El Nino perhaps???

Mar 26, 2011 11:46 PM #7
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Don Rogers
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Mike,

It is amazing how nature is in sync.  Nice post sir and as always nice photo.

Mar 27, 2011 12:50 AM #8
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A beautiful picture, Mike. We have our hummingbirds here already but we only get one type not like you guys out west.

Mar 27, 2011 01:11 AM #9
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Toni,

...and that would be the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird.  Thanks for stopping by.

Don,

Thanks you, sir!

Lenn,

Maybe.  I don't know.  I thought we had enough rain this past winter...

Brett,

Thanks for commenting.

Juli,

It's a Pyrrhuloxia.

Georgina,

Maybe it's just going to be late in coming.  I hope...

Deepak,

That's a good story.  You were blessed.

Gary,

Thanks!

Ocotillo flame: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lenderLindsay,

Thanks for being the first to comment.

Mike in Tucson

Mar 27, 2011 02:15 AM #10
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Mike,

That's a beautiful photo. I would have paused to take its picture too!

I'm sorry to hear that the desert floor has been altered and that the wildflowers that you're accustomed to seeing didn't arrive. You might want to check with your Cooperative Extension Services to find out why. That would be devastating to the environment if they became extinct or worse, killed because of something toxic.

Mar 27, 2011 03:52 AM #11
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Yes, it is Mike.

Mar 27, 2011 04:53 AM #12
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Debbie Walsh
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Beautiful color.  I would imagine the drastic changes in the weather this year probably affected the flowers.

Mar 27, 2011 05:10 AM #13
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Mike - I get so excited when I catch a glimpse of the first hummingbird at my feeders. I must be patient though, they usually don't arrive until May in our area.

Mar 27, 2011 12:07 PM #14
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Judy,

If you just can't wait, email me and I'll send you some hummer photos.

Debra,

Maybe we didn't get enough rain early enough in the fall.

Toni,

Good to see you!

Patricia,

Nothing of the sort!  The desert floor is pristine, and there's nothing toxic out this way.  It's a natural cycle, and we probably didn't get enough rain in the early part of last fall.

Mike in Tucson

Mar 28, 2011 04:55 AM #15
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Mike, is that Golden Gate Mountain in the background?

Mar 29, 2011 11:29 AM #16
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Dana,

You bet it is!

Mike in Tucson

Mar 29, 2011 02:54 PM #17
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Mike, What a wonderful photo!  The colors are gorgeous!  Sorry to hear the wildflowers did not appear this year....What was different this season?  Too much rain, not enough?

I lucked out quite a few years ago when visiting the Santa Fe area and beyond to catch the wildflowers in bloom and the Ocotillo in bloom.   Also the painted lady butterflies were migrating.  It was such a magical experience for me.  I truly hope the wildflowers are just taking a rest and will return next year.

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Mar 29, 2011 05:37 PM #18
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Gloria,

I'm sure they're just taking a rest, and will appear again in all their glory.

Thanks for the feature!

Mike in Tucson

Mar 29, 2011 11:56 PM #19
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Hummingbirds around here love our aloe pants when they are in bloom! They are such amazing little creatures!!!

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I don't think I have ever noticed that they bloom without leaves!    :-/   Is that normal?

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