On Saturday I took a drive down to Boulder/Golden to see the lingering Magnificent Hummingbird that has been hanging out at a private residence. Adam, the gracious hummingbird host, gave excellent directions and provided some wonderful insight to the bird before she showed up to the feeder.
Luckily I was greeted on three separate occasions with her feeding on the deck in addition to watching her perch on nearby trees and performing some insect acrobatics.
I was struck by her size, her energy, and though it was great for me to see her, I do hope she gets the message that she should be heading south.
The Magnificent Hummingbird shared feeder time with a group of Hairy Woodpeckers. Though I was surprised to see her chase off one woodpecker and take back control of the nectar. Of course when you're a hummingbird the size of a chickadee you can chase off larger birds. I don't claim any amazing photographic efforts but I did love the photo below with her landing gear out as she goes in for a perch spot.
Adam's yard wasn't just hummers and woodpeckers. I saw this friendly Mountain Chickadee, who graced the railing on multiple trips to and from the nearby seed feeder.
Overall it was a great morning on the Adam's deck soaking in a lovely lifer and observing all the other bird behavior. The following birds were seen in my one hour visit: Magnificent Hummingbird, Mountain Chickadee, Townsend's Solitaire, Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Common Raven, Dark-eyed Junco, Clark's Nutcracker, House Finch, Cassin's Finch, and Brown Creeper.
Thanks Adam for sharing your beautiful deck and this lovely bird.