This photograph of a female Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte Anna) feeding on alium flowers was taken in my in-laws’ garden in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. She visited the flowers nearly every day we were there, but she always visited alone. Her mate would have had beautiful pink plumage around his neck. I have always been fascinated by the drab colors of female birds (such as cardinals and tanagers) in contrast to the fantastically colored feathers of the males. My grandfather was an avid bird-watcher, and he was the first to teach me to distinguish between the sexes of birds. My mom carried on his love for watching and identifying birds, which she passed on to me. I have already begun teaching Kemper the species of birds that live in our yard. He was especially fond of the “tipmouse” that took up residence in our garage over the summer.
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