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Gardening: Mild winter brings unlikely visitors – Anna’s hummingbirds

Just to show you how mild a winter we have had so far, I had my first garden tour of the year last Sunday with a little twist. Michael Loundagin, an old friend who is well known in the local nursery industry, emailed last Thursday that he had two Anna’s hummingbirds, a male and a female, visiting a feeder left over from last summer. I grabbed my camera and headed for his South Hill garden.

Hummingbirds tough to identify when juveniles aloft

NATURE -- When a Reader Outdoor Photo Gallery image posted this week raised a question of species identification, I solicited the expertise of "private eyes" in the regional birding community. The sweet photo above was snapped Sunday at Arbor Crest Winery by Courtney Litwin, but...

Front & Center: Spokane native oversees videography company Hummingbird Productions

If successful documentary filmmaking requires the ability to think fast while on the fly, Spokane native Marie Marx Strohm has the right background – eight years as a flight attendant. For the past 22 years, she has relied on those skills – and others honed as a special-ed teacher – to grow Hummingbird Productions, Strohm’s one-person videography company.

Hummingbird research a delicate job

Hummingbirds capture our imagination as they zip in and out of our lives. They arrive in a blur of wings, stopping in midair so fast we expect to hear a rubber-on-pavement screech. They offer a good look, often sporting spectacular colors, and then they are gone. Even researchers who’ve studied the diminutive birds for decades watch hummers and wonder.

Gardening: Make your home sweet for hummingbirds

I had my red sweatshirt on out in the garden last weekend and I got buzzed by a curious hummingbird. He checked me out as a source of nectar and disappeared as quickly as he had come. I’m guessing it was a male because they are the first to show up each spring. They arrive before the females to stake out their territory and scout out food sources. The females usually arrive about a week later. Then the fun begins. Once they discover each other, they begin a series of wild courtship flights as the males try to impress potential mates. They will swoop and dive around each other; the male often flies straight up and then straight down, almost hitting the ground. Once all the courting is done they will build a tiny nest in the nearby brushy thicket.

Gardening: Make your home sweet for hummingbirds

I had my red sweatshirt on out in the garden last weekend and I got buzzed by a curious hummingbird. He checked me out as a source of nectar and disappeared as quickly as he had come. I’m guessing it was a male because they are the first to show up each spring. They arrive before the females to stake out their territory and scout out food sources. The females usually arrive about a week later. Then the fun begins. Once they discover each other, they begin a series of wild courtship flights as the males try to impress potential mates. They will swoop and dive around each other; the male often flies straight up and then straight down, almost hitting the ground. Once all the courting is done they will build a tiny nest in the nearby brushy thicket.