I thought I was seeing things when I saw the flash of blue at the hummingbird feeder, then I caught a glimpse of the red bill. It had to be a Broad-billed Hummingbird! In MY backyard! Try as I might to get photo documentation of such an unexpected visitor, "Flash" proved to be too speedy for me to focus on. So I called in the big guns - who better than bird photographer Jeff Stemshorn - the fastest camera in the west! What he lacks in stealth, he makes up for in speed.
As the temperature plummets today into the 50's and tonight into the 40's I suspect Flash will fly south to warmer climes, or maybe to Boyce Thompson Arboretum to hang with the only other Broad-bills I ever see with regularity.
Farewell my fall friend, thanks for flashing by!
Photos by bird photographer extraordinaire Jeff Stemshorn