What's in a name?

By: WatchinTheSky , 2:28 AM GMT on May 26, 2013

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Hummer cam current view -


Not much to say at the moment, so mostly a few photos from the 'garden' and surrounds.

Weather has really settled down, looks like low - mid 70s for the next week. Some early and late low clouds, mostly sunny middays. Have to enjoy this while it lasts!

Garden is mostly tomatoes this year, a couple Romas, several SunGolds, Yellow Stuffer, and some basil - for good measure :) Have picked one SunGold already - weeks away from serious picking.


Hiding back a bit, an almost ripe SunGold.


Some table grapes and their protection system -


Super hard to find hybrid tomato, now where is that basil?


A couple hummers going old school on the blooms on the desert willow (Chilopsis linearis)


Dinner for Hummers :)


Lesser Finch asking for privacy while catching a bath?


This is a good weekend to put out the flag.

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26. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
5:41 PM GMT on June 20, 2013
WatchinTheSky has created a new entry.
25. calpoppy
1:12 PM GMT on June 20, 2013
Hi WTS! I flagged the above!

About the monsooons, I have a customer who has his own weather service, he usually gives me a future cast. His track record is pretty good.
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24. johnsonrock
3:10 AM GMT on June 20, 2013
hello. Your garden is very beautiful, I've seen a lot of these as your garden, it's great to see the birds perched on their items. I think you should do some more like that. Thank you. I often fun on minecraft games
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23. WatchinTheSky
3:21 PM GMT on June 19, 2013
Hi cp, That's great! It's fun to see the youngsters show up and figure out the feeders :) Last Sunday I got a nice 'father and son' photo at one of the feeders, now I can't find it.. Maybe it is off camera on the home computer. So you think there is a good shot at a decent monsoooon this summer? :)
Waiting to see BC's fountain bubbler!
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22. calpoppy
2:26 PM GMT on June 19, 2013
Orioles have fledged!! Was just thinking a couple of days ago about where they were. I thought maybe all nests had failed, but no they are here. In mass!!!!!
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21. BriarCraft
8:00 PM GMT on June 17, 2013
Tomorrow's the day for a bubbling bird bath. I'm looking forward to the drive, too, as it's way out east of Portland and I normally stick to the west side when I go. I'll take my camera, just in case...
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20. WatchinTheSky
3:04 AM GMT on June 17, 2013
Thanks cp and Ylee! Daughter was working so couldn't come visit, so mrs WTS and I packed up bikes and did a nice ride and lunch around San Diego Bay.
cp, maybe a good monsoon this summer? That would be nice:) maybe BC and PSP can do something about that high!
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19. Ylee
8:07 PM GMT on June 16, 2013
Happy Father's Day, WTS! Hope it's been a good one!
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18. calpoppy
6:07 PM GMT on June 16, 2013
Happy Father's Day!!!
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17. WatchinTheSky
5:11 AM GMT on June 15, 2013
Was that you? I thought something big was going on at Pendelton!! Must have some nice plans for the summer (besides enjoying a little time off) ;)
That's fun for your friend, she'll have to keep an eye on the nest. If conditions are good, momma may have another clutch! All my feeders are in the backyard so I check the front for a nest - but no.
Weather has settled into a pretty nice pattern, maybe summer will be nice this year!
I expect to see a few nice blogs of your summer adventures:) (unless you think you did, but didn't really =:0 lol!
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16. SBKaren
11:55 PM GMT on June 14, 2013
Our hummer still visits our hibiscus plant out front almost every single day. I got some friends at work interested in hummers and one gal discovered a nest in her backyard! The babies have already flown the nest!

Weather sure has been on/off again. Mr.Eddy either overstays his welcome completely, or burns off early enough to enjoy the day. I just hope he chooses the early day most the time!

Oh, school's out for summer! Did you hear me yell???
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15. WatchinTheSky
11:11 PM GMT on June 14, 2013
Hi BC! That does look promising :) and a good reason to look forward to some rain. Hope you find one you like (obviously, cp did!) and I can't wait for the photos once it is up and bubbling!

Hi GG! Any early morning Yeti sightings? Nice new blog BTW :)

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14. GardenGrrl
8:55 PM GMT on June 14, 2013
The only thing that could possibly make that cooler is if it flowed water over a gazing ball.
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13. calpoppy
8:47 PM GMT on June 14, 2013
Briar, can you pick one up for me too. I think I like the tall brown, rusty colored one. Thank you!!! :-) :-) :-)
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12. BriarCraft
8:40 PM GMT on June 14, 2013
Ever since I first laid eyes on your beautiful bird-bath-bubbler, I've looked for a suitable pot to make one. No luck around here. But I think I've found the right place, anyway. At least I found this photo on their webpage...



...and a 20% off e-coupon as well. So I'm optimistic that I might soon have a bird-bath-bubbler of my own. It's just 84 miles and 1:26 away according to Yahoo Maps. I'm going to head there next Tuesday, when it will be showery again here. (I certainly can't waste a dry day in the car.)
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11. GardenGrrl
10:13 AM GMT on June 09, 2013
Good Morning, it's 5am and no Yeti's at the hummer feeder. *sigh*
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10. BriarCraft
7:40 PM GMT on June 08, 2013
We were talking about wetland restoration projects in my blog, so I thought I'd come back atcha with this. Next time it gets too hot in Escondido, why not head over to Carlsbad and see what you can see? Could be a photo op and/or a nice evening walk.

Batiquitos Lagoon

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9. sp34n119w
8:20 PM GMT on June 06, 2013
Hiya, WTS! Thought I'd bump you and the hummers further up the page :)
Nobody at the feeders, at the moment, though.

Last month I read an interesting blog post (and today ran across it again) on the geological history of Jerome, AZ, and remembered that you took a trip there awhile ago and brought back a bunch of great pictures and some mining history to wu ... so, I thought you might like the geology thing:
http://freethoughtblogs.com/entequilaesverdad/201 3/05/07/oceans-of-ore-how-an-undersea-caldera-erup tion-created-jerome-arizona/

calpoppy's got triple digit temps coming up but I guess the onshore flow will help keep the temps (relatively) low in your area and mine. Yea :)
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8. BriarCraft
10:40 PM GMT on May 30, 2013
I had no idea there were so many varieties of hummer in SoCal and you did some excellent research to go along with those great photos.

It won't be too long before you can enjoy tasty homegrown tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, but where's the basil? Can't have a nice tomato salad without basil, and I know you've got it hidden around there somewhere. You've got to.
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7. GardenGrrl
4:03 PM GMT on May 30, 2013
Neat blog. Like the history. What an amazing variety of hummers. I just get the black chinned and we call them the "battle finches". They have that cute twitter of finches but are as ornery as can be towards each other. Always a fight if one comes to the feeder at the same time as another.

Used to not be that way when I first started putting out feeders. Would have little groups feeding all together. Last five or six years they started fighting.
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6. WatchinTheSky
3:48 PM GMT on May 30, 2013
Hi, cp! No bad hair/flying flats day here, though they were predicting pretty good breeze for a day or two. Sounds like a little toasty for the weekend. Generally, May has been very nice - not the typical cool/gray. And June Gloom seems a bit far off at the moment, as well.

Not sure what happened to the photos I had inserted in the hummer name comment - they were there when I previewed. Now the entry looks a little boring :( hmmm.. WU gremlins
The Xantus' hummer does have cool 'eye liner' streaks.

Post edit - ok, now photos are back after posting comment!?
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5. calpoppy
1:18 PM GMT on May 30, 2013
Interesting history on the hummer names! That last hummer would be so neat to see at the feeders. I think you will have a better chance then I to see him.

The annoying wind event seems to be over. Yesterday I had flats of flowers being blown off the table, and I ga ve up on my hair and hat by 8:05 am, lol!!! The heat is on for the first day of June, yech!!!

I have black chinned hummers too, but my hummer population is down from last year, while my oriole population is way up.
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4. WatchinTheSky
10:10 PM GMT on May 29, 2013
What's in a name?

The wondering (wandering?) mind ends up in unexpected places some times. I began wondering about the names of some of the hummingbirds that frequent SoCal.
Rufous, OK - I see that one.


Blackchinned, sure - though maybe purplechinned would do.


What about Anna's?

The Anna's hummer was named by 19th century French ship's doctor and spare time naturalist Rene Lesson. Anna was an Italian Duchess, wife of Prince Victor - a collector of birds. Hmmm.. a triangle or courtesy?

Or Costa's?

The Costa's hummer was named after 19th century French archeologist-ornithologist Louis Marie Costa (an avid collector) by French naturalist Jules Bourcier.

So, all these French naturalists naming birds of the Americas.

Same for Allen's hummer? photo by Mike Forsman

American collector/taxidermist from early 20th century Charles Andrew Allen thought he had first described this hummer. As it turns out, Rene Lesson (RENE!!!) had beat him to it. Allen was still the namesake.

Here's one I have not heard of - Xantus' hummer, apparently a rare visitor to SoCal from Mexico.

Named after John Xantus de Vesey, an exiled Hungarian zoologist who was in the US Army in the 1800s. He turned naturalist/collector after working with Dr Hammond (a collector for noted zoologist Spencer Baird. He used his relationship with the two to garner a Consular position in Mexico (where the hummers were), though his recognition of local rebellion warlord caused our State Dept. embarrassment and he promptly lost his consular position and returned to Hungary.

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3. WatchinTheSky
10:57 PM GMT on May 27, 2013
Hi, cp! Hope your Monday stayed open and you got to relax with Mr P. I saw your garden security :) Hope it works, bummer about the sun golds. You're right about the viva Italia /mozzarella hybrid! It's got about 20 tomatoes on it already, hope its a producer :) Very Roma shaped fruit.

Hi Karen, I did see your garden photos on BC's blog, and I put a couple of mine there, too. You've always gotta nice selection of veggies going! Pretty nice weather last week, looks like more coming.
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2. SBKaren
9:11 PM GMT on May 26, 2013
Your tomatoes look like ours! So abundant. I counted about 27 on one plant alone. Two were turning red, but hubby noticed that someone had been munching on them, so he tossed them. Darn!

I posted my yarden (yard/garden) pics in Briar's blog if you want to see what we have.
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1. calpoppy
8:07 PM GMT on May 26, 2013
First!! Nice pics of your garden. Is that the Viva Italia in the mozzarella pic or a Roma. Remember when I was bragging about having ripe sungolds, well when I went to get them they were gone, critters!! I think (fingers crossed) that we have the garden secured. Though I may not be able to get in to harvest, lol!

Have a great holiday, I had a job this morning and one Tuesday, but so far Monday is clear!
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