Venus Thistle & Hummingbird
Mayfair Ranch Trail, Rancho Canada del Oro OSP
|Our native Venus Thistle is often mistaken for an invasive and destroyed.|
|This year a large clump of Venus Thistle bloomed beside a section of the Mayfair Ranch Trail.|
|This hummingbird visited the thistles daily to sip nectar.|
|Hovering briefly, it dipped quickly from flower to flower.|
|It took less than a minute to sip nectar from the entire clump of thistles.|
|Nearby, a bank of California Fuchsia bloomed, also a valuable nectar source for hummingbirds.|
|Ever wary and fearful of humans, if disturbed it will instantly fly away.|
|Only to return a while later to continue feeding.|
|Once it has sipped its fill of Venus Thistle nectar, it will fly off in search of other food sources.|
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