It has been a busy spring so far and I haven’t had much chance to get out and about, but yesterday I grabbed a quick hour and headed to the Queen Mum’s Park in Oak Bay. This little green space, right beside the Oak Bay Marina, is a fine spot to get some close up views of Anna’s Hummingbirds. These colourful little beasties are feisty fliers, but in this little park it is almost guaranteed to see one close up perched on a branch.
The males are quite showy, with an iridescent crimson-purple-red crown and throat. The feathers around the throat are known as the gorget. Not sure what they are for exactly, but in the Anna’s species it is only the males that have one.