Happy Valentine’s Day from the Birding World

Hello Everyone, Happy “Spend Lots of Money on Your Significant Other” Day or minimally shower them with affection and let them know how important they are in your life (the latter being a hell of a lot cheaper .. just saying).  So a few posts back I mentioned that I had already selected the featured subject for this special day.  That foreshadowing resulted in Ron spending every available minute from that point on theorizing, hypothesizing and speculating on what I would possibly select to represent SLoMoYSO Day.  He actually had a few good guesses, but failed to put two and two together even though he already knew what birds were in my queue.  Granted, his guess of a Vermilion Flycatcher (link here) would have definitely been a fitting tribute to the traditional color of the day, I went with another option – one that is making its debut on the blog.

Anna's Hummingbird found at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Las Vegas, NV, November 2018

Yes, a Hummingbird!  How cute is that!?!  In every post involving these delicate birds I’ve mentioned how I have to travel to get any variety in the tin.  If you live in the Midwest you basically have three choices of Hummingbirds.  The first being a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird.  Secondly, if you stand real still in a yard full of Hummingbird feeders you just might see a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird.  Now lastly, if you are feeling really lucky, and I mean really feeling lucky and cover yourself in sugar water and shimmy up the largest pole you can locate you might find yourself in a mental ward …soon after seeing a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird. I think you get the picture.

Anna's Hummingbird found at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Las Vegas, NV, November 2018

So instead, we load up the RV and head out to better locations.  Las Vegas happened to be the spot where this specimen made it into the tin.  Over the last Thanksgiving holiday we headed out to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area to see what we could find being already elated to have checked off the Costa’s Hummingbird the day before (link here).  While coming out of the Visitor Center I noticed the unmistakable sound of a Hummingbird blasting by with full burners engaged.  Challenge accepted.  This proved to be a bit more difficult than usual thanks to choosing to leave the Beast at home and rent a 180-600mm from a local camera store.  Although it was definitely lighter than the Beast, the focus was incredibly slow making in flight shots impossible.  All was not lost, just needed to wait until these sugar freaks took a break.

Hit the jump to discover why this little bird was chosen for V-Day.

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