Photo: Winter Garden by Dorrena Ortega

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Shoreline photographer Dorrena Ortega likes to take pictures of her garden, so naturally she got a few snow pictures. Some of Dorrena's photos, as well as Sonya Reasor's, are posted on the City of Shoreline's TV Channel.

Photo by Dorrena Ortega

Our bird watcher, honorary Shoreliner Barb Deihl, says "That puffed-out little bird is a female Anna's Hummingbird, the only variety of the 2 we get here, to overwinter and not migrate (like the Rufous Hummingbird does).  During weather events with below-freezing temps, they depend on us to keep their feeders thawed out or they can perish. "


Janet Way November 25, 2010 at 7:08 AM  

Wonderful photo! Please I.D. this hummingbird. Maybe a female Rufous Hummingbird?
It's a great shot.

Elaine Phelps,  November 25, 2010 at 8:51 AM  

Thank you so much for this extraordinary photo. It gives a huge amount of joy!

Barb Deihl,  November 26, 2010 at 11:03 AM  

Cute puffed out Anna's Hummingbird (female). Nice tree, too - a 'Boulevard' cypress?
Anna's Hummingbirds overwinter here - Rufous hummers don't. Anna's started staying in the are in winter a decade or so ago, likely due to the prevalence of hummingbird feeders. During deepfreezes and snow like we just had, they depend on us for survival!

DKH November 27, 2010 at 3:23 PM  

The hummingbird sits on the cut-back branch of an old wisteria. Dorrena doesn't know the name of the attractive snow-covered bush in the photo.

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