It appears that my cottonwood Anna friend is hoping to get the season started early. I watched him launch from his perch and soar over 100 feet straight up until he was but a speck against the blue, he paused for moment and then dropped like a dart towards the ground. A few feet from the ground, he arced his trajectory back up, sharply whipping his tail and producing a loud “chirp.” He repeated his “U” shaped courtship dive several times before resting again atop his cottonwood.
Not far from this male Anna’s cotton wood is a series of tall straight eucalyptus trunks that has come to be known as “the pirate ship.” This is sometimes a great spot to see multiple hummers at once in high speed action. Eucalyptus buds are actually one of the Anna’s favorite sources of nectar.