With temperatures down to 17˚F, I'm bringing my hummingbird feeder in at night, as the nectar freezes solid. So far the Anna's Hummingbird survives!
We have an adult male rufous hummingbird staying in our yard. He’s been here since August 24 (when the ruby throats were still here), and he was banded by a licensed bander on August 26. This is the fourth different rufous we’ve seen since the spring of 2011, and three of them stayed with us quite a while, though always one at a time. We have no idea why they keep showing up in our yard, but it is certainly a delight! It seems that they are definitely expanding their winter territory into various parts of the Southeast. We still have three hummer feeders up, and he visits them all off and on during the day. We will be interested to see how long this little fellow stays with us, but the one that wintered with us last year did not leave until April.
NOTE: the attached picture was taken the day of his banding.
Not very visible today very vocal lots of chattering
I just "know" this was not the usual ruby throated hummingbird that is so common in this area.
"Different sound, different look, different behavior".
Just happened to have my aim-and-shoot camera handy.
Did not see a brilliant color, either purple or red, beneath the chin, just black. Hummingbird's back was an obvious metallic green.
Traditionally, the bird order Apodiformes contained three living families: the swifts (Apodidae), the tree swifts (Hemiprocnidae), and the hummingbirds (Trochilidae). In the Sibley-Ahlquist taxonomy, this order is raised to a superorder Apodimorphae in which hummingbirds are separated as a new order, Trochiliformes. With nearly 450 species identified to date, they are the most diverse order of birds after the passerines.