Hummingbirds are ‘on the go’ in California. Here’s what you’ll see and how to attract them

Experts say a beautiful hummingbird darting across your yard is likely an Anna's hummingbird.  

“Anna’s is the most common hummingbird in California with the largest range,” Jones added. “They've used backyard habitats well. That makes them more adaptable.”  

Male Anna’s hummingbirds have “iridescent emerald feathers and sparkling rose-pink throats,” making them easy to spot. Male hummingbirds are brighter and easier to spot than females, like most birds.  

A song of buzzes, whistles, and chip notes may also identify Anna's hummingbirds.  

According to Cornell Lab, males climb up to 130 feet into the air and then swoop to the earth with a peculiar blast of tail feather noise in their spectacular mating displays.  

Morro Coast Audubon program director Torrey Gage-Tomlinson called it a “cross between a bird chirp and a referee whistle.” Can I attract hummingbirds to my yard or garden?  

Visit the National Audubon Society's Plants for Birds website to locate the finest plants for your area. Enter your five-digit ZIP code to see native flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees and their birds.  

The Audubon Society recommends California figwort, red monkey flower, and white-leaf bush lupine for hummingbirds in Northern California.  

Central Valley people can choose bladder-pod beeplant and cobwebby thistle, while Central Coast residents can choose black sage, scarlet columbine, and chalk live-forever succulents.  

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