The hummingbirds are busy and plentiful at the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona at this time of year. The Wildflower Loop Trail is the center of a lot of hummingbird action right now, but you can find the birds throughout the Garden. We have seen Anna’s, Costa’s and Black-chinned Hummingbirds. Scroll down for a quick look at a few of the hummingbirds at the Desert Botanical Garden, with a note as to where the bird was spotted.
Anna’s Hummingbird at Penstemon flower
This female was working the flower beds on the Wildflower Loop Trail. There are many Anna’s Hummingbirds at the Desert Botanical Garden in general. They are very active on the Wildflower Loop this spring.
Costa’s Hummingbird in an Ironwood tree
A male Costa’s … or males … can be seen (if you are lucky) and heard on the Wildflower Loop Trail. We have heard the male doing his courtship dives on several different days.
Black-chinned Hummingbird at an Ocotillo
A Black-chinned male was feeding from the Ocotillo by the Garden Shop on different days. He is very fast, though. Look up as you go through the main plaza. We also saw a male Black-chinned Hummingbird discretely feeding from a Chuparosa by the table at the Patio Cafe on the Ullman Terrace.
Anna’s Hummingbird at an Aloe
This male Anna’s Hummingbird flew into the Spring Plant Sale in early March 2014. He fed from this blooming Aloe with shoppers nearby.
Anna’s Hummingbird at a flower bed
This Anna’s was in the Wildflower Loop Trail, on one of the flower bed fences. There are many Anna’s in the area, including very young Anna’s Hummingbirds. Fast chases are going on and Anna’s male(s) are singing, so you may hear more than you see.
One of the best things about seeing hummingbirds at the Desert Botanical Garden is that the birds are in the flowers, in the bushes and trees. And some of the hummingbirds are used to people. A bird might be right next to you when you spot it.
You can see hummingbirds at the Desert Botanical Garden all year, but as the weather gets hotter, you may have better luck in the shady areas. As it gets later in the spring, look for aloes that are still blooming and Chuparosa.
The popular Chihuly Exhibit will be at the DGB through mid May 2014. The Spring Butterfly Exhibit is also open until May 11, 2014. Make sure to get tickets or reservations in advance. If you go early in the morning, the Chihuly works get lovely light, and the hummingbirds are very active. The Butterfly Exhibit opens later in the morning.
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