Calliope Hummingbird

This adorable tiny hummingbird was at my feeder last night. I wasn’t sure what kind of hummingbird it was but my Merlin Bird ID photo app came to the rescue.

Calliope Hummingbird in Flight
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The calliope hummingbird is the smallest bird in North America. It is only about 3″ long and weighs about 1/10th of an ounce and it is the smallest long-distance migrating bird in the world. They travel about 5,000 miles each year along – north along the Pacific coast in the spring and south to their wintering grounds in Mexico along the Rocky Mountains.

Calliope Hummingbird
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I noticed that it was quite aggressive and chased away some of the bigger hummingbirds. I hope to get some better photos of it – these were taking in the evening and it was getting a little too dark for clear shots.

Maralee

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