Calliope Hummingbird Flits Around Wild Flower Garden

A Calliope Hummingbird flits among wild flowers in a garden spends time Sunday afternoon in White Rock. Weighing about as much as a ping pong ball, this tiny bird is named after Calliope, the muse of eloquence and epic poetry, who inspired Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. Despite their size, these territorial birds may chase birds as large as Red-tailed Hawks during the breeding season. While hovering, Calliope Hummingbirds’ metabolic rates increase to more than 16 times resting level. The oldest recorded Calliope Hummingbird is a female, at least 8 years, 1 month old when recaptured and re-released in 2014 during banding operations in Idaho. She had been banded in 2007 in the same state. Source: Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs