|California poppies (Eschscholzia californica)|
One of my other favorite things about the spring in California (or anywhere in the country, for that matter) is that we get new baby hummingbirds. I was fortunate enough to have an Anna's hummingbird build her nest right in our magnolia tree in front of our house this year. Unfortunately, I was extremely busy with work throughout the month of March and missed a large part of the chick growth, including when they fledged. I did get to see mom feeding the babies a few times and got a few shots of mom and the babies on the nest. The first photo below is the mom before the chicks hatched (2/16/13) and the second photo is of the two chicks right before they fledged (3/20/13). The other two hummingbirds are of a male Anna's who was taking time to show off his color to me.
|Female Anna's hummingbird (Calypte anna) on her nest|
|Anna's hummingbird chicks (Calypte anna)|
|Male Anna's hummingbird (Calypte anna)|
There are so many more amazing things about spring in California, but today the final image I have is the annual monarch migration. Monarch butterflies travel a far distance to winter in California and Mexico. I live about .75 miles from an eucalyptus grove that homes approximately 12,000 monarchs every winter. In the photo below the monarch is feeding on a flower that I believe is California fuchsia (Epilobium) but flowers are not my specialty, so I'm open to other opinions.
|Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)|