Rufous Hummingbird

These tiny birds start at Canada and pass through California as they migrate south to Mexico in the Winter. As of 03/20/19, they are flying back to Canada. They are the hummingbird species that breed the highest north. The Rufous Hummingbirds are furious, as they clearly mark their territory. You will find them at hummingbird feeders and flowers. Their length is 2.8-3.5 in (7-9 cm). In good light, male Rufous Hummingbirds show their bright orange on the back and belly, with a vivid iridescent-red throat. Females are green above with rufous-washed flanks, rufous patches in the green tail, and often a spot of orange in the throat. I was lucky enough to see these little beauties in our backyard at the nectarine blossoms and I clicked these photos.

Rufous Hummingbird (Perched)
Rufous Hummingbird (Hovering)

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