Today I was standing by the window looking outside at the bushes in the back yard, holding and cuddling Robin, my Red Bellied parrot. Something outside caught our eye as it zipped by... I realized it was the TINIEST hummingbird I think I have ever seen. Much smaller than the species more commonly seen in this area.
As I stepped closer to the window with Robin, the hummingbird flew right to the window as well (we were so close) I was able to take a good look at him from the front view! From some quick googling, it was either a Rufous or Allen's Hummingbird. Apparently, unless you examine the feather shape and very small distinctions you can't tell the difference between the species at a glance. I saw this was a little male with a gorgeous metalic rusty red throat.
I was utterly amazed, and so fascinated by how absolutely tiny he was! Although obviously all hummingbirds are tiny, this one was so unusually small it was a real head turner. It reminded me of a very large flying insect.
THEN.... would you believe it... coincidentally, a very large flying insect did
fly by right after the hummingbird left!
I'm positive that one was an insect lol, I'm not sure what they're called, but maybe a large beetle of some sort. It was only just a tiny amount smaller than the bird!
This was such a wonderful sight to experience, if only for a few moments! It really lifted my spirits, and I thought I'd share.