Hummingbird at GCCG

A warm and sunny Saturday - good day to be outside and enjoy the sunshine.

Bald Eagle perched on Shady Island, not very shady at all.
Two Killdeers foraging at low tide.

Nearby was a large flock of Canada Geese, and a Great Blue Heron (not in this image).

Sand wasp (Bembix sp.)
Biked to Garden City Community Garden.  There was nobody there, must be too hot, and only a few insects as well, such as this Sand Wasp.

Western honey bee (Apis mellifera)
Honey Bee burying its head (and tongue) deep into the nectaries.

Then all the sudden, I saw a hummingbird chasing a waxwing from the field.  Standing around, a Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) came and visited these bright Red Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) flowers!  It might be the same hummingbird as I saw last time.

Female Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)
One of my best shots of a hummingbird ever!

Bright and colorful flowers.

Female Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)
Another good shot.

Then the hummingbird flew away.  While hiding in the shades and deleting the blurry photos, two hummingbirds came up to me and checked me out.  They were almost within-arms reach from me!


Female Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)
Shortly after, one came back and started feeding again.

Female Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)
Resting its tiny wings.

Female Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)
Back to work.  Since it did not have a bright gorget, this must be a female.

Female Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)
Gorgeous bird.
Last look at the pretty female before she flew away (and I rode back home).

Mount Baker
Mount Baker on a bright clear day from the South Dyke Trail of Richmond, BC.

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