Hummingbird guards her eggs
Cynthia Etter forgot her camera. Again.
Regular readers of The Outlook will remember Etter's run-in with a Great Blue Heron last week at Sunrise Park in Troutdale. The sharp-eyed shutterbug spotted the wading bird while walking her dog — and had to jog all the way home to grab her gear.
This time, the 28-year-old encountered an Anna's hummingbird in a street tree on Southwest Hensley Road, not far from the corner of 257th Avenue.
She heard the bird before she saw it.
"Hummingbirds, they can't walk, the just perch," she said. "(So I knew) it had to be perched somewhere. All of the sudden I saw it moving."
The perfect nature shot, but Etter's Nikon was nowhere to be found.
"I haven't learned my lesson," she admitted dolefully.
Etter still had to pick up her oldest child, seven-year-old Kaelie, from a Troutdale Elementary bus stop. It was just a quick drive back after that.
No slouch at amateur ornithology, she noted the green feathers on the bird's backside, and the lack of red markings on front.
Males have "very iridescent chests, like a flash of red," Etter explained. The lack of hue means this Anna is female.
The mating season for Anna's hummingbirds stretches from December to May or June, and Etter thinks this one had just laid her eggs.
"Their nests are so small, they're about the size of a quarter," Etter remarked in a phone interview. "People miss them all the time — but they're there."