We had a little visitor for an evening a few days ago. A little Rufous Hummingbird on its way to more northern climes. Our poor little Black Chinned hummers didn't stand a chance against this little fellow. Once he found our feeder, he kept vigorous watch over it all afternoon. The next day, the regulars just kept taking long sips for lack of it the evening before.
According to my National Audubon Society Field Guide, the Rufous Hummingbird winters in Mexico, and lives the summer in Oregon and Idaho to Alaska.
True to his breed, he vigorously kept watch over the feeder guarding and fending off the other three that wanted to feed more than he ate.
We were actually able to get quite close. The Rufous was more concerned about keeping the other hummers away than about my husband and I.
Although we had to be watchful that they didn't fly into us as they buzzed passed us as they chased each other.
The evening was the last time we saw him. He was such a pretty hummer with his iridescent red-orange throat.
My MIL would have been thrilled to see this little fellow. She could always entice hummers to land on her fingers.