Who doesn't marvel at the sight of a tiny hummingbird, wings whizzing, taking a sip from a summer bloom or sugar feeder.
Did you know Tucson AZ is rich in hummingbirds in terms of sheer numbers and diversity?
Our abundant, year round supply of plants and natural landscape appeal to the hummingbird, as well as being so close to the Mexican border where they thrive as well. There can be more than 13 different species of hummingbirds found in our area, according to the Tucson Audobon Society. The four you are most likely to find include the Costa's Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, and Black-Chinned Hummingbird. (That's got to be a feat to spot a hummingbird chin...!)
Did you know a hummingbird's heart can beat up to 1,260 times per minute? Did you know their wings can beat up to 80 times per SECOND? They can also dive at up to 60 mph and fly backwards.
All you need to enjoy your own hummingbird is a one to four ratio of white sugar to water. The feeder should be cleaned and replenished weekly. Choose a feeder with red on it - but avoid any red dyes!
(Broad billed hummingbird)
They love native plants as well - bottle brush, desert honeysuckle - to name a few. A local nursery can help you to choose the best varieties for your desert landscaping.
Photos sweetly provided by one of my clients who encourages bird watching in Tucson!!
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Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS Those are gorgeous with the orange necks. The photographer said the most challenging part is getting the reflective color on film, not necessarily their speed. I'm sure you have a lot of bird varieties with your coastal and temperate location. :) Have a great week.