Anna's Hummingbirds in the Garden
Some of the plants in our garden I intentionally planted for our local hummingbirds as their nectar source.
Instead of a feeder, which we had kept full of nectar in the backyard of our former home, we decided it best here that the hummingbirds get their nectar from natural sources.
And the Anna's hummingbirds are enjoying all the blossoms providing the nectar.
In the above image one of the birds is sipping nectar from the clustered whorled inflorescence of a Hummingbird Sage Salvia spathacea.
Another Anna's hummingbird is sipping nectar from a Redvein Indian Mallow Abutilon striatum.
Other birds, such as Brown-eyed bushtits, also visit the mallow shrub to eat insects in the shriveled up blossoms.
This Anna's hummingbird seems suspended in the air in front of a Black Currant Sage Salvia microphylla Berzerkeley.
This shrub is growing in our front yard.
I have no idea why it is called a Black Currant Sage because it doesn't produce any berries.
Probably the color of the flowers?