2018—Panting at 107°
We’re in the middle of a summer heatwave with daytime temperatures ranging from 103° to 110° in the region. At my house Wednesday evening, it was 107° when I went outside to revive the wilted plants on my patio. I saw an Anna’s Hummingbird fly away from the fountain and watched him perch on a twig above the fountain. He was panting, a behavior I’ve seen hummers do only a few times, always in the midst of intense heat. I’m happy that my fountain is working and the cool water is there for the birds in my yard.