A Rufous Hummingbird enjoying the nectar of the Turtlehead flowers
This entry was posted on 2015/08/07 by Robin. It was filed under Birds and was tagged with Aldergrove, B.C., Backyard, Blooms, Flowers, Garden, Hummer, Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Turtleheads.
wow, robin! this is a fabulous shot!!!
2015/08/07 at 17:59
T, thanks so much!
2015/08/07 at 18:57
Good job on this one too!
2015/08/07 at 18:21
Andy, thank you!
What a wonderful shot! Just perfect.
2015/08/07 at 20:50
Pat, thank you!
2015/08/07 at 20:51
very nice BIF capture! glad to see that they are still here in BC! 🙂
2015/08/08 at 19:20
W.H., thanks! We have a small population that visit us! I love to see them!
2015/08/08 at 19:30
me, too! although this year, the Anna’s males seem to be much feistier than the Rufous males.
I recall seeing the last Rufous leaving our backyard on August 15 last year … so we may have them for one more week! 🙂
2015/08/08 at 19:43
Ours have stayed all summer. They usual leave around this time. We had an Anna’s stay with us all winter for the last two years! Being so small and venerable I don’t know how they manage.
2015/08/08 at 20:00
the Anna’s are all year round residents (like the Black-Capped Chickadees). they can put up with our “long, cold” Vancouver winters 🙂 because they are able to drop into a state of torpor deeper than any other species of hummingbird (plus we make sure the nectar feeder is well stocked in the fall and winter!) 🙂
2015/08/08 at 20:03
They are amazing little birds! My favourites for sure! We have quite a crop of Chickadees this year, along with all kinds of Goldfinches and their fledglings. Such fun to watch them learning to fly without bumping into things!
2015/08/08 at 20:13
it is cool to see the next generation grow up before our eyes 🙂 we usually have a small family of Chestnut-Backed Chickadees show up in late spring.
Goldfinches! I envy you! I have only seen a pair a handful of times in the backyard this summer, and not for lack of nyjer or sunflower seeds! 🙂
2015/08/08 at 20:17
I’ve only seen one Chestnut, but it’s a regular visitor. It’s hanging out with the Black-capped.
The male Goldie’s are looking a bit ragged right now. There colours are fading a bit.
2015/08/08 at 20:23
I find the Chestnuts to be quite localized to the coastlines (not like the Black-Capped Chickadees, who seem to be everywhere).
the Goldies should be in their transitional plumage and going through their moults now … baby-making season being over for the year. 🙂
2015/08/08 at 20:25
I’ve only ever seen the one Chestnut. We’re in Aldergrove, so don’t know it that’s the outer limit! They’re fun to try to shoot, got to be quick though!
2015/08/08 at 20:29
or find one who is very, very comfortable around the lens. usually it’s a YASJ, but I scored with one of the adults, too. must recognize me from somewhere. 🙂
2015/08/08 at 20:30
They aren’t bothered with us being in our yard. Just flit out, grab a seed and head into the trees! I can watch them all day long!
2015/08/08 at 20:36
me, too. there’s something highly therapeutic about watching the little birds go about their daily business. 🙂
2015/08/08 at 20:37
Yes, you’re right about that! We feed all year, so there’s always a group of one kind or another!
2015/08/08 at 20:41
can’t wait for the fall birds to come back … Varied Thrushes, Fox Sparrows, Dark-Eyed Juncos. even the Downies and Northern Flickers have only been putting in cameos this summer. 🙂
2015/08/08 at 20:50
I haven’t seen any Flickers lately. They are regular visitors around here. The Junco will be back soon!
I have always looked forward to Fall and its bounty of birds.
2015/08/08 at 20:56
agreed! summer has its share of colourful birds, but boy, does one have to be eagle-eyed and patient to spot the flycatchers and warblers! 🙂
2015/08/08 at 21:04
Yes indeed, it can be a challenge! But I guess it wouldn’t be as much fun if it was always easy!
2015/08/08 at 21:07
very true! 🙂
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