I thought you might enjoy these pictures taken at my brother’s feeder in Sammamish, WA, in June. I sure wish I had seen these guys here!
Carol Weldin, Alamo, California
What a beautiful little male rufous hummingbird. We do occasionally see these little characters around the San Francisco Bay Area, you know. Our most common local hummingbird is the Anna’s hummingbird, but we also get visits from rufous and Allen’s hummers.
I have a male Anna’s hummer that rules my backyard in Benicia, CA. He guards “his” feeder and chases away all other hummers to protect “his” nectar. He’s pretty good at it, too, until one day a rufous hummingbird arrived to take him on. The rufous is smaller than an Anna’s, kind of like comparing a fighter plane to a bigger bomber.
So the rufous zooms in to the feeder, the Anna’s dives down to chase him away … and I see the MUCH faster rufous zipping off with the Anna’s in hot pursuit. They get a couple of backyards away and the rufous suddenly pulls a 90 degree turn and heads back to my feeder, gets 3 or 4 good gulps out of the feeder before the Anna’s arrives, zooms off again with the Anna’s on his tail and they keep this up until the rufous has eaten his fill and disappears.
The male Anna’s rested in the apple tree for the next hour. /Gary