Subadult Rufous Hummingbird
The last ruby-throated and blackchinned hummingbirds passed through here weeks ago. Hopefully they're well along the way to buggy, flowery wintering grounds in Mexico and Central America.
But two new hummingbirds flew in a couple of weeks ago--both subadult rufous hummingbirds (male I think). They've been here at least a week now.
Same thing happened last year and one stayed all winter. Nobody told him that we're not on his migratory route and even if we were, he's supposed to keep going before cold kills the bugs and flowers in our garden.
I'm hoping these two are just topping up their tanks before they move along.
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