New Arrivals at the Hummingbird Feeder


Rufous Hummingbirds have returned, causing much angst among the resident Anna’s Hummers. This guy caught my eye with his gorget of copper, gold, and green.

Notice how the colors change with the angle of the light.

Here’s a female rufous, with her few irridescent dots and buffy sides.

She flashes her tail colors when the male is being too pesky.

I’m not sure what this American Goldfinch was doing, but he was checking out the hummingbird feeder for over a minute.

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5 Responses to New Arrivals at the Hummingbird Feeder

  1. Michele says:

    I saw my first Rufous of the season on Friday and heard one yesterday evening buzzing around. Maybe the Goldfinch has a sweet tooth?

  2. Alan says:

    Monday – March 30, 2009
    Just saw a Rufous male this morning in our backyard. We
    live about 1 1/2 miles east of Clackamas Town Center. This is
    the first Rufous we’ve ever seen with perhaps the exception of a female which would be difficult to identify.

  3. michael says:

    akron oh.just got ruby’s on the 6th but here on the 8th i have, male and female, goldies sitting and drinking from the feeder. almost gaurding it.

  4. Kim says:

    Interesting – I just had a goldfinch hanging out at my hummingbird feeder & googled to see if anyone else ever had this happen. Mine was trying to put his beak in the opennings. I;m not sure if he actually was able to drink anything. I’m located in Pennsylvania, so its not the same bird 🙂

    • michael says:

      i’ve seen it quite a bit this year been feeding finches and hummers and have never seen this before. michael.

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