Hummingbird Heaven 2021 – 10,000 Birds

In September 2021, I wrote for the primary time right here about one of many nice birding spectacles in my area. As our summer time wet season ends, Michoacán erupts in a large seasonal bloom, which attracts a feeding frenzy by resident and newly-arrived migratory hummingbirds. This spectacle happens all over the place, from semi-desert habitats to highland forests to wetlands. However whereas I’ve situated some strong runners-up, I’ve but to discover a place with a extra spectacular present than the little city of Laurelito. That’s the reason I name this city Hummingbird Heaven.Laurelito, God bless it, is lower than 8 miles (13.6 km) from my residence. However the route does go steadily upward, putting it at 2,250 m (7,380 ft) above sea stage. The numerous habitats across the city embody pine, oak, and pine/oak woods, in addition to grasslands with oaks and launched eucalyptus bushes. Every of those habitats has its personal wealthy mixture of hen species. However the gorgeous banks of Salvias and different flowers proper by the city are what make this spot so enticing to hummingbirds.I went as much as Laurelito final week, particularly to benefit from the hummer present. However, after all, any and all birds are welcome. So my first shock was to see a Snowy Egret boldly feeding alongside a bit of grime highway resulting in the city. There aren’t any actual our bodies of water round Laurelito. However apparently, this Egret thought a bit of pasture that had turned marshy made an appropriate substitute.Sadly, a bit of pine/oak wooden simply in need of the city burned throughout our traditionally dry spring this yr. Nonetheless, the newly lifeless bushes appear to be of curiosity to many hen species. There have been dozens of lovely Grey Silky-Flycatchers, as there had been on my earlier go to to the positioning. There was additionally a great variety of Brown Creepers on the charred trunks, in addition to a number of White-throated Nuthatches. A feminine Hepatic Tanager confirmed off its decidedly non-hepatic colours. And my first hummer of the day, a Berylline Hummingbird, kindly flashed its colours.Grey Silky-Flycatchers: an epitome of avian class.Attempt to take a great image of a Brown Creeper. Go forward. I dare you.After which it occurred: I made it to my very own little piece of hummingbird heaven. Salvias, and different flowers, have been all over the place. Nevertheless it appears the Salvia purpurea flowers had a monopoly on the hummingbirds’ affections.I believe the feminine hummers buzzing round me have been all Rufous Hummingbirds, however it’s tough to rule out feminine Broad-tailed and Calliope Hummingbirds. And it’s nearly unimaginable to rule out the Rufous Hummingbird’s evil similar twin, Allen’s Hummingbird.Such model! Olé!Due to this confusion with feminine hummers, it’s a uncommon and particular privilege to see a pleasant male Rufous Hummingbird:One feminine Rufous gave the impression to be feeding on or close to a single pine tree trunk. Was it feeding on pine sap? Bugs or spiders on the bark? Do any of you could have some perception to this?Regardless of all of the Rufous Hummingbirds, they weren’t the one present on the town. Mexican Violetears will be exhausting to see, as a result of they like to “sing” from tall bushes, however their very repetitive music was this journey’s never-ending soundtrack.A feminine Archilochus additionally posed properly for me. It’s in all probability a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, however then, these have their very own evil similar twin, the Black-chinned Hummingbird. So one isn’t utterly certain.In fact, regardless of how good the hummingbirds are, there’s at all times one thing extra to see. Our endemic Transvolcanic Jays (lately cut up from the previous Mexican Jay) are inclined to look a dusty blue in full mild. So I’ll sacrifice some photographic definition for the sake of this wealthy blue coloration:And eventually, the day’s nice shock: The Shiny-rumped Attila (how’s that for an amazing title!) is a tropical Tyrant-Flycatcher that’s not often seen above 1,600 meters. What it was doing at 2,250 m, I can’t say. One birder pal commented that it was simply loopy to see an Attila in pine bushes. However there it was! Additionally, it was by far my greatest encounter with this species. This species may be very noisy, and we had fairly a chat.Extra hummers shall be coming subsequent week.

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