There is a male Costa's Hummingbird that has been coming to a feeder in Greendale for almost a week now!!! It's on private property and the home owner won't be able to have it open for public viewing which is completely understandable and easily respected.
This is our fourth record for the checklist area. Keep your eyes open at your feeders as I heard there was also one in Vancouver earlier this month.
On our way to karate, me, my dad, and my brother had time to check on the hummingbird yesterday evening at my dad's friend's house.
After about 10 minutes of waiting, a hummingbird flew in. I thought it was an Anna's at first but it was too small, with its wingtips just barely extending past the tail. I also noticed a white patch on its gorget (the colored feathers on its throat). It was the Costa's Hummingbird! A lifer for me (#201). It fed for around a minute and then flew over the house towards the front yard. We never saw it again. I think it was resting in one of the bushes. A couple of Rufous Hummingbirds came as well.
While we were waiting for the Costa's to show up, House Finches and House Sparrows were regular visitors to their bird feeders. Barn Swallow flew around everywhere and I saw a Black-capped Chickadee go into a nest box.
Before we left, we found a Rufous Hummingbird nest. There were two very tiny white eggs inside. The eggs were the size of beans. The nest was made mostly of lichens and spider-webs. It was only about 2 feet off the ground, on the end of a tree branch. We didn't see the female sitting on the nest. A Peregrine Falcon flew over as well.
Here are a couple pics of the Costa's. The lighting wasn't too great.