Look who is leading the Parade bringing in September: Tiny Elisabeth the Hummingbird! Next is Snowball-the fattest hummer I have ever seen. These 2 birds have returned every September for 5 years. As I am sitting under the tall pine trees watching the hummers zip through the air, I can't help but marvel at the perfect little flying machines they are! Up above I hear something crash into a tall pine tree. I look up and it is the 5 month old Baby Buzz (still working on his rough landings!) He has come across the road and is watching me watch the hummers. As I sit here, hanging out with the birds, I think about what a strangely, wonderful family we have become! Your photostudy tonight is a glimpse into this 'family'. We are Blessed and I share this Blessing with all of You. Enjoy!
This is "Snowball" You will notice his very round appearance!
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Late Jurassic–Holocene, 160–0Ma
|A composite image showing the diversity of birds; 18 biological orders are depicted in this image (from top, left to right): Cuculiformes,Ciconiiformes, Phaethontiformes,Accipitriformes, Gruiformes, Galliformes,Anseriformes, Trochiliformes,Charadriiformes, Casuariiformes,Psittaciformes, Phoenicopteriformes,Sphenisciformes, Pelecaniformes,Suliformes, Coraciiformes, Strigiformes,Piciformes.|
|Mesozoic bird phylogeny simplified after O’Connor et al., 2013.|
Diversification of modern birds
|Basal divergences of modern birds|
based on Sibley-Ahlquist taxonomy
Baby Buzz comes across the road to these tall pine trees in Kates Yard. He is watching me photograph the hummers and bees!
(Coming next post: A Bowl of Bees!)
Baby Buzz and friend back across the road in his tree
...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek. See You next time!