The little Costa’s Hummingbird was still warming up in the early morning sunshine when I saw him.
It gets cool overnight in the desert. That’s probably why he didn’t fly away immediately…maybe a little stiff.
At 3.5 inches long and weighing only 0.11 ounce, he doesn’t have a lot of body mass to store heat for cool nights. He will need nectar soon.
There weren’t any flowers on the bare tree where he perched to sun himself, but in less than a minute the sun had warmed him sufficiently and he was gone.
April 30, 2012