Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Thursday April 9, 2020 H is for Hummingbird!

2020 A to Z Challenge!
H is for the Rufous Hummingbird!
Photo credit to Cornell Lab of Ornithology 
One of the feistiest hummingbird in North America. The brilliant orange male and the green-and-orange female Rufous Hummingbird are relentless attackers at flowers and feeders, going after (if not always defeating) even the large hummingbirds of the Southwest, which can be double their weight. Rufous Hummingbirds are wide-ranging, and breed farther north than any other hummingbird. Look for them in spring in California, summer in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, and fall in the Rocky Mountains as they make their annual circuit of the West.

Backyard Tips

Rufous Hummingbirds may take up residence (at least temporarily) in your garden if you grow hummingbird flowers or put out feeders. But beware! They may make life difficult for any other hummingbird species that visit your yard. If you live on their migration route, visiting Rufous Hummingbirds are likely to move on after just a week or two.
This species often comes to hummingbird feeders. Make sugar water mixtures with about one-quarter cup of sugar per cup of boiled hot water. Food coloring is unnecessary; table sugar is the best choice. Change the water before it grows cloudy or discolored and remember that during hot weather, sugar water ferments rapidly to produce toxic alcohol. Find out more about what this bird likes to eat and what feeder is best by using the Project FeederWatch Common Feeder Birds bird list.
 And to see and learn even more go here!
Cheers! Enjoy!~~~~

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  1. Another bird I should have seen, but haven't! I only see Anna's.

  2. Many feed the hummingbirds here, but if they get too agressive, it can be trouble. One man had to take his feeders down because a male was so busy trying to chase all the others away from four feeders all over the property he was afraid the little thing was going to wear itself out and not survive!

  3. We have the green male kind here in MI. I've never seen a rufous one. They love my petunias and lilies.

    JadeLi at

  4. I lived in the USA for years, and yet I have never seen a hummingbird. We even had a feeder and everything. It's still on my bucket list :)

    The Multicolored Diary

  5. They clearly have a sweet tooth - or should that be sweet beak?!!

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  6. These are one of my favourite birds!

  7. I love those tiny and super busy birds!

  8. The only kind of hummingbirds we have are ruby-throated, but they are really fun to have around. They come to my feeder, as well as some of the garden flowers.
    Black and White (Words and Pictures)

  9. I have columbines in my back yard and when they bloom, the hummingbirds (we only have ruby throated here) sometimes come to visit. I so love to watch them. My best friend has hummingbird feeders. I've never tried. Alana