Skagit Audubon

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Anna's Hummingbird

The most common hummingbird on the Pacific Coast, Anna’s have expanded their range northward in response to increased plantings of flowering trees, shrubs, and flowers. Males have an iridescent throat patch called a gorget and when fully displayed extends over the head.  Somewhat unusual among hummingbirds, females have a tiny red gorget.  The male’s courtship display is impressive and loud.  Males will climb nearly straight up as high as 130 feet, hover, and dive back down.  This results in their tail feathers producing a loud noise.  Anna’s Hummingbirds are not monogamous and after mating, the female lays two eggs in the tiny expandable nest she constructed herself.  She provides all care for the young. While nectar from a wide variety of flowers, trees and shrubs is a big part of their diet, these tiny birds also eat a large number of various insects which they pluck from leaves, take from the air, or catch at holes with dripping tree sap.  Anna’s Hummingbirds have been observed following Red-breasted Sapsuckers around to take advantage of the holes drilled by the sapsuckers to access the tree sap. 

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Skagit Audubon Society holds monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month except for the months of July and August. We meet at 7:00 pm at Padilla Bay Interpretive Center (Google map), 10441 Bayview-Edison Rd. Mount Vernon. Meetings are open to all.

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