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Vagrant Anna's Hummingbird by WanderingAlbatross Vagrant Anna's Hummingbird by WanderingAlbatross
A 'quadtych' of a male subadult Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna that showed up at my feeder on September 25th and is still here. Now, an Anna's Hummingbird on its own may not seem like a very big deal, but as a west-coast species, the individual pictured above is special because he's way off course and very rare in my province. I identified and reported him to the birds record committee and have since played host to a number of bird watcher and photographers wanting to get a good look at him. As migration direction is genetically determined, it is likely that he has some sort of mutation that caused him to head east instead of south, and he may very well attempt to overwinter at my house. Unfortunately, because it's Canada, his chances of survival are next to none when it starts to get really cold. So far we've built a contraption to keep our nectar from freezing, but apart from that there's very little we can do. Here's hoping he actually does decide to go somewhere warmer!
Some of his nicknames include "Little Friend", and "Hummybuns".
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What an interesting visitor, and lovely pictures you took of him as well. Since this pic is from a while ago already, I'm curious now: did he indeed move on to warmer areas or did he spend the winter with you?
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WanderingAlbatross Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Birds are so hard-wired for migration that he probably tried to stay and ended up not being able to handle the cold (or he was caught and eaten by something). There's a reason a lot of birds get the hell out of Canada for the winter :P.
Birds also tend to return to the same wintering grounds year after year, and he did not show up again this fall. It makes me sad to say it, but he did probably die at some point last year.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Unfortunate, but sadly also the way it goes when birds lose their way on migration and really go astray, especially when they end up in cold-ass places like wintery Canada! Sad end for pretty bird though  We're (as in, the country I live in, Holland) playing host to a rather far-off species at the moment as well; a White-crowned wheatear that should be somewhere out in the desert, but is currently stranded in the rainy gardens of newly built dutch houses. First time this species has ever been seen here, so he's attracting quite a lot of attention. I wonder if he'll make it back home, or if he'll get eaten/killed like your Anna's as well :/
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chickaablet Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
aww~
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such a beautiful montage, love all these shots. ^^
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Forgotten-Epoch Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist
What a beautiful bird! I've actually pet and fed a hummingbird and they are just the most amazing creatures
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ChocolateStarfire Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness, he is so handsome! Interesting that he made it up there no problems at all...hope he survives and who knows? He might be a pioneer hummy and start a whole new subspecies!
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