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A Little the worse for wear

They don’t all make it.  E found a dead fledgling hummingbird in the path across the wash, under the palo verde tree. It was dried, mummified, an inoffensive inanimate thing, not even worth the ants picking over.  We buried it under a nearby chuparosa, a favored food of hummers.  (Photos E.Shock)

Top: detail of foot, with primary feathers behind.

Middle: detail of rump feathers and tail feathers, showing juvenile buffy-edged plumage with a hint of metallic green.  The green deck feathers (middle tail feathers) are just growing in.

Bottom: whole little corpse, with partly-grown baby-beak.

Posted by Allison on Mar 29th 2011 09:59 am | 2 Comments
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2 Responses to “A Little the worse for wear”

  1. kateon 29 Mar 2011 at 1:32 pm link comment

    aw. poor little muffin.

  2. sueon 07 Apr 2011 at 8:38 am link comment

    keeping it within the garden’s cycle seems very fitting.

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