Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Staying Dry

Turned out to be a raining morning, so I didn’t get any good photos during our Bird Walk.  However, when I down-loaded the camera into the computer I did have this photo which I had taken on Sunday. Sunday was also a rainy day, but this little female Rufous Hummingbird took advantage of the dry location of the feeder to stay out of the rain.  I had just moved the feeder back under the pouch a few inches which gives it a little more protection.  We had several hummers linger longer at the feeder the rest of the day. One thing I like about this photo is you can see the birds tongue protruding from the end of its bill.  This long tongue is what the humming birds use to lick up the nectar or juice. (click on the image for a larger view) 


  1. Thanks to your photo we were able to identify a Rufous feeding on our hanging baskets @ work. A lot more red than the others we've watched the last month (Anna's?).

    1. Yes, once the Rufous arrive in March, they seem to chase off the Anna's. Come fall the Rufous will leave for the tropics, and the Anna's will come back around for the winter.