Gila Mountains Travel Diary|
9 August 2005
Charlotte and I are spending a week at Grey Feathers Lodge, nestled in the Gila Mountains of southwestern New Mexico. We've come for hummingbirds. A look at a map shows why they're here. The Gilas are a natural migration corridor for thousands of hummingbirds traveling south from their nesting areas in the mountains of western North America to central and southern Mexico, where they spend the winter. In mid-August, hummingbird feeders here are swarming with migrating Broad-tailed, Rufous, and Calliope Hummingbirds, along with summer resident Black-chinned Hummingbirds. Another summer resident, Magnificent Hummingbird, occasionally shows up, as well as the rare Blue-throated Hummingbird.
10 August 2005
Of all places I've visited in the Americas, Grey Feathers ranks as one of the best for the hummingbird photographer. The covered porch of the guesthouse has 2 feeders, and is perfect for photographing these guys. One of the first on which I train the camera is Calliope Hummingbird, which nests near streams in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. The male Calliope is the smallest North American bird. At 3 ¼ ", he stretches to reach the sugar water from his perch on the feeder.
11 August 2005