'Our' overwintering Rufous hummingbirds have gone and the first Black-chinned migrants have arrived, males of course.
Bright Rufous(male)on a cold day, February 15, 2014.
Every time we host a green-backed Rufous I wonder if he/she is actually an Allen. The Cornell bird page shows them to be similar.
You know you're a bird-nerd when you get into the distinguishing marks of a bird weighing less than a penny.
Rufous? Allen? What do you think? Photo taken January 6, 2014.
We know why the early birds brave frigid weather. A man's got to do what a man's got to do and mating is the primary goal of male hummingbirds. The first guys back 'own' the best territory, an advantage when the girls get to town.
The first spring migrants know their way around our place, bellying up to the bar. They've been here before. Our porch feeders aren't visible from the air; a bird would have to know where to go to find them.
Male Black-chinned March 17, 2014.
After 7 years of catering to hummingbirds I'm still amazed that such tiny beings know where to find food and shelter over hundreds of miles of terrain.
Denny and I get lost on almost every trip we take.
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