Every winter when the weather turns cold for the first time in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Anna’s hummingbirds come down to stay in the lower elevation areas where the weather is milder. I photographed this flashy little male Anna’s hummingbird in a winter bare peach tree. I like that you can see pollen on its beak from a recent flower that it visited.
In the past, I have had a frustrating relationship with these cute little Botta’s Pocket Gophers. They can be quite destructive to gardens, lawn, and fruit trees. However, they are a native species, and they are important to the balance of the ecosystem, so over the years I have come to appreciate them as wild animals. Their short attention span makes them quite entertaining to watch; within moments they forget that you are nearby.
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