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October 25, 2010


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Larry - I think it was the tail feathers that had them baffled for awhile - she never showed them spread!

Larry Jordan

Great post Nancy. I am glad to see that you are getting possibly more Rufous Hummers in the East. We get them every Spring and Fall here in California as they pass through to their breeding grounds.

The males are easy to ID because of the rufous colored back but the female is a bit more difficult. She is distinguished though by the rufous sides and rufous at the base of the outer tail feathers.

I wrote a post on the Rufous Hummingbird your readers may be interested in when they came through this last April.

I hope you will enjoy these beautiful birds every year back there!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Barbara - oh no, snow! This was a hatch year bird; can we chalk it up to inexperience or something more global?
Halcyon - thanks much.
Mick - you'd love 'em! Thanks for your visit from so many miles away!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Ellen - This was much closer! ;) Good to see you the other day and we'll see you 11/14 with the Stokes.
Vickie - I put in an ADDENDUM because of your comment. Peterson's 5th Guide recommends close scrutiny of any hummer seen in the east from late October through Dec. Keep us all posted, ok?
Maz - too bad you don't have hummers there! They are wonderful. We typically only have one species here in the east so this Rufous was truly special!


Great photos of a beautiful little bird. I wish we had them out here in Aus!


Nice shots! What a special sighting.

Barbara Selkirk

Fabulous pictures - I've ever only seen ruby throats here in Ontario - so it's specially neat to see a Rufous but I'm with you - it better get moving...our first snow in the region (and I include most of New England) has already occurred. But maybe this bird knows something we dont? More global warming?


What lovely photos of the Rufous Hummingbird! It was lucky for you to be able to see it. Here in England unfortunately, we do not have Hummingbirds, but they do look delightful birds


I am glad to see these images. I'm in TN and the last hummer I've seen was last week, Oct 22nd. However, there was something about him/her that was noticeably different, lighter...lots lighter than my typical Ruby-throated juveniles. So I'll be watching for him again, to see if I can get a better look.


That's great you were able to see it! Nice photos. I had to travel to Arizona to see a Rufous Hummingbird. :) :)

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