Hummingbirds are pretty neat little things. I know they're really common and species rich in the SE part of the state where the ecology is more like Madrean Mexico and less like the rest of the US SW. Up here, around Flagstaff, we seem to have a good showing of the little guys. Still, I've never seen Hummingbirds like I did in August of 2003 at a couple of feeders outside the Visitor Center/ Administrative offices for the Gila Cliff Dwellings in the Gila Wilderness of the Gila NF. Must have been several dozen individuals buzzing around, and quite a few species.
Where are good places to observe these little avian helicopters?
Mount Elden, in Flagstaff, on a warm late summer day is good. I have noticed them in the afternoon on the slopes, over the last 6 summers I have been here. US 180 and FR 222 by the Fort Valley Exp. Forest had quite a few on Sunday. They were around the red/scarlet buglers or the red flowered Goldenbeard penstemon that resembles the bugler. Well, some sort of a Penstemon spp. with a red flower and growing at 7250'.
I think Monsoon season will begin around June 20, plus or minus 5 days, not by the calendar according to the NWS, but when dew points rise dramatically, and it begins to rain over the Sacramento Mountains. It will start about 10 days later in Arizona.