December 18, 2017
Look at that gorget! This Anna’s Hummingbird was caught mid-flap sipping on nectar from flowers that are as brightly colored as his chin. Congratulations to Leslie Scopes Anderson our BirdSpotter Judges’ Choice winner in the Fruit & Nectar Feeders category! She watched as this hummingbird zoomed around her yard in Arcata, California.
Male hummingbirds use their gorget (the iridescent throat patch) during their elaborate dive displays when courting females–sunny days help to provide quite a show! While most female hummingbirds do not have one, Anna’s females have a small red gorget.
Today, Monday, December 18, is the first day to submit a photo to the BirdSpotter category Boring is Beautiful: Birds that some people consider “boring” are the heart of our dataset. Show us your everyday feeder friends! Biweekly People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice winners receive prizes from the Cornell Lab and our sponsor, Wild Birds Unlimited. Anyone can participate by entering a photo and voting for their favorites! Find out more about the BirdSpotter contest here.