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One has to try hard to take a picture of a hummingbird—it moves so fast that sometimes it's better just to sit back and enjoy


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This small, energetic, and fast as a lightning bird is one of the most amazing creatures on earth. Its name was given for the ability to flap quickly—more than 150 strokes per second. These strokes create an audible, characteristic "buzz" like a large bumblebee. Like no other birds, hummingbirds can freeze in the air, fly, and land vertically, and fly in the opposite direction. It is very rare to find a seated hummingbird. Most of the time they fly from flower to flower searching for nectar.

Very often the hummingbirds fly into the gardens of private houses and circle around flowers and feeders. Hummingbirds eat spiders and insects from leaves and twigs. They also perform another important role in nature—pollinating plants while collecting nectar. But the most interesting property of hummingbirds is the ability to sing with their tail. All kinds of hummingbirds have incredible colouring. Their feathers are reminiscent of precious stones.

In California, there are three endemic species of hummingbirds—Anna's Hummingbird (the largest Californian hummingbird), Allen's Hummingbird (a coastal bird often spotted in Palos Verdes, San Pedro, Long Beach, and Catalina) and Costa's Hummingbird (desert bird, seen all year in Palm Springs and Palm Deserts).

Other species such as the Black-chinned Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird, and Broad-tailed Hummingbird, migrate between Mexico and Canada across California. The migrators might be seen in California between mid-February when they move north and early September when they come back south. The greatest variety of hummingbirds is spotted in Los Angeles from May to July.

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