2021—Dotted with Pollen

This female Anna’s Hummingbird was hovering in front of the California Fuchsia just outside my kitchen door. Her target blossom is almost completely out of view, and just the end of long pistil, protruding into the left side of the frame, is visible. The hummer’s beak is dotted with pollen from her previous visits to the blossoms. The sticky end of the pistil is designed to grab the pollen to fertilize the flower.

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