the hummingbirds in my garden are ignoring the feeder in favor of perennial flowers I grow.
Has anyone in the Portland area been seeing Calliope Hummingbirds? I haven't seen one in my garden for close to 10 years. Recently (yesterday) I have seen, three times now, a tiny, pastel rufous-colored hummingbird slipping among the flowers, its favorite plant being a Centrantus ruber that is in full bloom. Its so much smaller than the Rufous and Anna's hummingbirds it stands out. I suspect it is an immature male Calliope. Perhaps I can get a photo, its been around a week or more, I should have written the first and second sighting on the calendar, its just I didn't expect to see it again.
Other birds: I now have a flock of bushtits in the garden after just having two for so long. I am making the assumption this is a pair of adults with fledglings.
Combine bushtits, black-capped chickadees and hummingbirds and the back garden is a pretty lively place.