|Our very first Mangrove Hummingbird visiting the feeder at a local bar|
|The buttressed roots of Pelliciera rhizophorae|
|Sean Graesser and Nicole Guido searching for Mangrove Hummingbirds|
|Mangrove Hummingbird feeding from a Tea Mangrove flower|
We watched several individuals make their rounds visiting the available Tea Mangrove flowers, interrupting their routine only to chase away intruding Rufous-tailed or Steely-vented Hummingbirds, or to be chased themselves by the much larger Scaly-breasted Hummingbirds. Obviously these tiny birds lack the capacity to acknowledge just how special they are, so we spent some time acknowledging it on their behalf; we remained up to our knees in the mangrove swamp for nearly an hour while we admired them; the tiny, tough, and increasingly rare Mangrove Hummingbird, found nowhere but among its favorite trees in the mangrove swamps of Costa Rica.