I couldn't even take a decent cell phone picture on account of the screen door as the cat was very interested in seeing the bird as well.
Here is a flicker shot from my files.
They are a magnificent bird and their presence always puts a smile on my face.
Later that day Leslie says that she saw a yellow hummingbird in the yard.
I asked her if it could have been a Rufous or an Allen's which are more orange in color and she said no, it was a yellow green.
This has me stumped.
There is a yellow hummingbird but it lives in the Andes and I think that it is probably a bit too far away so the mystery continues.
A woman nearby tried to get it to fly into a basket, not sure if she was successful.
Saturday evening I floated the idea to my NextDoor bird group followers that we could have a birdwatching meetup in Cardiff at San Elijo Lagoon.
I posted a time and said meet me there at 7:45 a.m. I had forgotten to bring a strap for the heavy telephoto rig so I needed to go to my shop and pick it up.
So basically I was up at five o' clock and rolling.
Arriving very early, parking lot gate closed, I drove over to Einstein's in Solana Beach for a coffee. I like their coffee better than Starbucks.
I ordered a sesame bagel with a lox shmear. Guess what? No dice. They no longer sell the cream cheese / lox mixture. You can buy jalapeno salso or honey almond but you can no longer buy lox.
That is the problem with Einstein's. They sell chocolate chip bagels but you can't procure a simple lox spread. You have heard of gentrification? Plainly this is gentilefrication.
It was still pretty dark and gloomy when I left but I managed to snag this hummer. It turned out to be an excellent day for shooting hummingbirds. At left is a rather peripatetic Anna's.
Mostly perfunctory morning, species wise but a great hike out to the bench which I really needed.