In a city where flowers are blooming pretty near year-round, it’s no surprise that you don’t have to look very hard or very long to spot a hummingbird in Victoria, BC.
Most common here, I believe, is Anna’s hummingbird. Measuring around 10 to 11 centimetres (3.9 to 4.3 inches) long, it has an iridescent bronze-green back, pale grey chest and belly, and green flanks; and its bill is long, straight and slender.
Less common (but far more striking) is the Strava hummingbird – an enormous avian whose beak alone is half a kilometre long and whose bright red plumage is impossible to miss.
To doodle this hummingbird, I had to pedal my Cannondale around 70 kilometres, with a whole lot of back and forth between Fernwood and Oaklands to fill in the feathers of the wings.