Friday, March 22, 2013

Arriving Female


This female hummingbird at our feeder was a greeting for us when we arrived home in Elkton today.  It’s a female Rufous Hummingbird and a FOS, which in “bird talk” stands for First of the Season. When we left a week ago we had only been seeing a male who was very busy defending a feeder for himself against another male Rufous as I posted on March 14. From what I have read, female Rufous’ usually arrive a couple of weeks after the males, presumably allowing the males time to establish their territories. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens as the season progresses. 

3 comments:

  1. Very exciting! Spring has arrived.

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  2. Donaldsville LarryMarch 23, 2013 at 3:43 AM

    I cannot even imagine how small newly hatched hummingbirds must be. Pictures...Pictures, of them, please!

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  3. Larry, first I got to find a nest. I'll be looking, but I don't have the concentrated area I had with the Cactus Garden at Lake Havasu State Park.

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