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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Wordless Wednesday with Linky - Rufous Hummingbird - May 1, 2013


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.







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34 comments:

  1. What fab captures looked like the bird behaved for you what a poser LOL.

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  2. great capture, such a pretty bird

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  3. Such a beautiful bird. I am always amazed to see how tiny they are!

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  4. What a little beauty ! Kudos on the great shots !

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  5. Very pretty bird. We don't have this type of hummingbird in Wisconsin, so I'm glad to see one, especially up close.

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  6. Hummingbirds are amazing birds Danielle! It is great that you were able to get close and take these wonderful pictures. Thanks for hosting.

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  7. Beautiful bird! The silhouette capture is stunning.

    ♥ aquariann
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  8. He really is a cutie. I love that last shot too. Thanks for the info.

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  9. Oh my! how did you catch them so close? Great photos! they are my favorite summer bird. we only get the ruby throated here in WI. and they are very territorial, sometimes even keeping the females away! Faythe @GMT~

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    1. There are many hummers that will only share the feeder when its breeding season. Then they will just guard it against friend or foe hummers.

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  10. Beautiful bird and beautiful pictures! My favorite is the last one.

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  11. So pretty! That's hard to catch on camera!

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  12. WOW!! Great shots!!

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  13. Really nice shots, love the sequence \.
    Happy WW.

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  14. Beautiful photos. Birds are such gorgeous creatures to photograph.

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  15. What a beautiful bird! Hummingbirds are a mystery to me!
    Happy WW :)

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  16. Those are AMAZING shots, Danielle!! :)

    I have been trying for 10 years to get hummingbirds to hang out at our house, but I think the busy road out front deters them - or maybe it's our cats, or the aggressive birds that hang out in our trees. :)

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  17. Well, those are just amazing. The only birds we have around here is cardinals and wild birds and a mess of ducks and honkers... geese. Every once in a while we'll see some Swans down by the river, which is but five or six blocks from here. Thanks for the linky my friend, and I am sooooo jealous! CONGRATS ON WINNING THAT KINDLE AGAIN! WOO HOO!

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  18. Hummingbirds are so cool! Great photos too. Thanks for hosting and have a great week.

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  19. Lovely shots of the hummingbird. Happy WW

    Dominique@Dominique's Desk

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  20. I had forgotten how territorial they were!

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  21. Great pictures! We love watching the birds at our feeders, and the hummers are definitely a favorite.

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  22. Beautiful photos! I love bird watching.

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  23. Gorgeous bird! Amazing they sat still long enough for you to get so many great pics!

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  24. Gosh- all I ever get are robins, cardinals, and an occasional woodpecker......... :)

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    1. I would love to see a cardinal. Our Black headed grosbeaks are back. Probably getting ready to eat all of our peaches again.

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  25. Those are great pictures. I love hummingbirds!

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  26. Beautiful pictures. I love Humming Birds and they are hard to get good pictures of. You did great!

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