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. 


  1. Very exciting! Spring has arrived.

  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!

  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.