I was taking a break at a local coffee shop. They use an old children's flash card set to bring your order to the table. I got an X!!! If this wasn't serendipity...good S word by the way.
Xantus is a type of hummingbird. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
gives you a full lesson on this species. Found in the Baja, CA area only.
Isn't he the cutest?
Hubby & I happen to love hummingbirds. We have a feeder on our deck & by the end of the summer our resident population gets used to us. They buzz our heads from time to time.
Ruby-Throated variety is what we get here in Northern Michigan. Hubby checks the migration map to see when they will show up here in Spring so we can have the food ready.
We get so familiar with them that we know what branches they like to perch on, so we spend lots of time observing them as they come & go from the feeder. Lots of fighting ensues.
They aren't very tolerant of each other.
Below are pictures I was able to take of the Antillean Crested Humming Bird
we made friends with on the Island of Nevis a few years back on our winter escape from snow.
He perched & fed on these wonderful red flowered bushes right off our little deck
& didn't seem to be bothered by our presence.
This is the sweet little place we rented. The bush in the center of the picture
with the red flowers is where our little friend hung out.
Two more letters to go in the challenge. Phew!