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Hummingbird Food in the Tucson Mountains

Hummingbird Food: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

~ Hummingbird Food ~

Some years, the desert floor is covered with wildflowers: lupine, mexican poppy, and others.  This year, that didn't happen.  I don't know why.

Regardless, and right on cue, the Ocotillo plants, which look for all the world like a bunch of dead sticks, pushed out their red flames all across the desert.  This is the time that the hummingbirds come north, crossing the desert.  It's the Ocotillo that provides the nourishment they need, in the form of nectar, so that those of you in the northwest will have the joy of seeing these jewel-like birds in a few weeks.

Pretty cool!

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Comment balloon 21 commentsMike Jones • March 26 2011 11:48PM

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I don't think I've ever seen this plant before but it's a beautiful picture! I love taking photos of flowers, much easier to snap than my four-year-old whose always running around and hard to keep in one spot! :)

Posted by Lindsay Pendleton, Marketing Agent - Property Management in Baton Rou (Relocating To Baton Rouge & Surrounding Areas) over 8 years ago

Mike, I love your photo.  The color and composition are great.

Posted by Gary Coles (International Referrals), Latin America Real Estate (Venture Realty International) over 8 years ago

Hey, nice blog ... I love humming birds too. Last year they nested next to our bed room. Two new baby chicks grew right in front of our eyes, we enjoyed them all the way till their first flight. And then we were in our yard ... humming for some time.

Posted by Deepak Chauhan, Irvine, CA ... the place to be (Versailles Property) over 8 years ago

Those ocotillo plants are really unique and strange looking things.  But what beautiful flowers they have!  Too bad the desert didn't have a spectacular bloom this year.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 8 years ago

Mike, mine haven't started blooming this year. 

Hey, what was the name of that bird that looks like a faded out cardinal?  If you remember, please email me so I don't have to check out all your gazillion blogs.

I have a family of them in my front yard. 

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) over 8 years ago

Fantastic pictures.....

Brett

Posted by Brett Reichel, MLO 210215 (Homebridge Financial Services) over 8 years ago

"Some years, the desert floor is covered with wildflowers: lupine, mexican poppy, and others.  This year, that didn't happen."

El Nino perhaps???

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Mike,

It is amazing how nature is in sync.  Nice post sir and as always nice photo.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 8 years ago

A beautiful picture, Mike. We have our hummingbirds here already but we only get one type not like you guys out west.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 8 years ago

Toni,

...and that would be the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird.  Thanks for stopping by.

Don,

Thanks you, sir!

Lenn,

Maybe.  I don't know.  I thought we had enough rain this past winter...

Brett,

Thanks for commenting.

Juli,

It's a Pyrrhuloxia.

Georgina,

Maybe it's just going to be late in coming.  I hope...

Deepak,

That's a good story.  You were blessed.

Gary,

Thanks!

Ocotillo flame: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lenderLindsay,

Thanks for being the first to comment.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 8 years ago

Mike,

That's a beautiful photo. I would have paused to take its picture too!

I'm sorry to hear that the desert floor has been altered and that the wildflowers that you're accustomed to seeing didn't arrive. You might want to check with your Cooperative Extension Services to find out why. That would be devastating to the environment if they became extinct or worse, killed because of something toxic.

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 8 years ago

Yes, it is Mike.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 8 years ago

Beautiful color.  I would imagine the drastic changes in the weather this year probably affected the flowers.

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 8 years ago

Mike - I get so excited when I catch a glimpse of the first hummingbird at my feeders. I must be patient though, they usually don't arrive until May in our area.

Posted by Judy Jennings, Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA (The Green Company) over 8 years ago

Judy,

If you just can't wait, email me and I'll send you some hummer photos.

Debra,

Maybe we didn't get enough rain early enough in the fall.

Toni,

Good to see you!

Patricia,

Nothing of the sort!  The desert floor is pristine, and there's nothing toxic out this way.  It's a natural cycle, and we probably didn't get enough rain in the early part of last fall.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 8 years ago

Mike, is that Golden Gate Mountain in the background?

Posted by Dana Lim (Allstate Insurance) over 8 years ago

Dana,

You bet it is!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 8 years ago

Mike, What a wonderful photo!  The colors are gorgeous!  Sorry to hear the wildflowers did not appear this year....What was different this season?  Too much rain, not enough?

I lucked out quite a few years ago when visiting the Santa Fe area and beyond to catch the wildflowers in bloom and the Ocotillo in bloom.   Also the painted lady butterflies were migrating.  It was such a magical experience for me.  I truly hope the wildflowers are just taking a rest and will return next year.

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Gloria

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) over 8 years ago

Gloria,

I'm sure they're just taking a rest, and will appear again in all their glory.

Thanks for the feature!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 8 years ago

Hummingbirds around here love our aloe pants when they are in bloom! They are such amazing little creatures!!!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 8 years ago

I don't think I have ever noticed that they bloom without leaves!    :-/   Is that normal?

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 8 years ago

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