These jewels-on-wings are one of the treasures of the Sonoran Desert. We have many varieties of hummingbirds to enjoy here in Tucson. I THINK the top image is an Anna's hummingbird and I think the bottom one is a Broadbill. Anyone who knows more about these tiny fliers, please share your knowledge! Photos courtesy of George Goldman.
I'm a transplanted New Yorker who loves the Tucson climate. On New Year's Day I have a bit of fun calling my (snowbound) east coast friends to announce that I'm drinking coffee while sitting on my patio. (: