Anna’s Hummingbird


 

  One April morning while walking through the pines at the mouth of Big River near Mendocino, CA, I saw a hummingbird flying from branch to branch chirping unhappily at me. I pretended to leave but really hid and watched. After a few minutes it flew to a hidden nest of spider web and lichen on a low pine branch. Later I returned with a step ladder and took photos standing on that while wrapped in camouflage netting. For a sense of scale, the nest is only about one and a half inches across; the pine cone on the right is about three inches long. What looks like dangling string is lace lichen hanging from a higher branch. 

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