New Arrivals at the Hummingbird Feeder

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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.

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

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

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

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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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