This Allen’s Hummingbird was guarding a patch of Salvia flowers.
In the Flowers …
Allen’s Hummingbirds were busy in two large flower beds of Salvia and Bird of Paradise. There were at least two adult males in the area and an adult female. But we had no idea what their actual numbers were – there was too much chasing.
These Allen’s were in the Newport area of Southern California, close to the ocean. We saw them feed from these Salvia and also from the Lily of the Nile, another purple colored flower. This is a good example of local flowers that attract hummingbirds even if the flowers are not red in color.
As usual with the Allen’s Hummingbirds, they vocalized at each other. They were often easier to hear than to see.