The Gottlieb Native Garden

a california love story

The Gottlieb Native Garden is a flourishing ecosystem belonging to Susan and Dan Gottlieb, friends of flora and fauna and devoted environmental philanthropists. With more than 100 hand-selected plant species and hundreds of animal species, the backyard is a National Wildlife Federation-certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat and a Xerces Society-designated Pollinator Habitat.

Jostling Hummers - in Slow Motion

Only two species of hummingbirds are present in the GNG during this time of year, but that doesn’t mean it’s quiet around the feeders.  Anna’s and Allen’s Hummingbirds can be seen in the GNG year round, with the latter being the most aggressive.  At the 39-second mark on the first video clip, a male Allen’s makes room for himself by jabbing a male Anna’s in the head with its beak (watch the left side of the feeder).  Hummingbird's DNA will never, ever allow them to "just get along".

Anna's and Allen's Hummingbirds

More feeder activity at different feeder.

Annan's and Allen's Hummingbirds